Landmark poll: Nathan Deal and Karen Handel in dead heat

The local Republican-oriented strategy firm of Landmark Communications, which last week gave Karen Handel a 46 to 37 percent lead over Nathan Deal in the Republican runoff for governor, is out this afternoon with a follow-up poll – that says Deal has closed the gap.

Says Landmark:

Deal leads 44-42% over Handel with 14% saying they will vote but are still undecided. Based on a previous Landmark poll conducted August 1st, Deal has moved up eleven percentage points over the past week, from nine back to two ahead….

“Nathan Deal has moved from behind to a statistical tie,” said Landmark President Mark Rountree. “Over the past week, Deal effectively won many undecided and less committed voters, making this a dead heat. We don’t make a prediction on the outcome of this.”

A poll released over the weekend by the AJC and the Georgia Newspaper Partnership showed Handel and Deal in a tight race, but with Handel leading Deal 47 percent to 42 percent. The GNP survey indicated a significant gender gap – with women supporting Handel in larger numbers.

But Roundtree says Landmark polling is picking up no such gender preference in the race. The automated survey sampled 623 voters on Aug. 7 — before the visits to Georgia by ‘08 GOP presidential candidates Mike Huckabee and Sarah Palin for Deal and Handel, respectively.

MOE is +/- 3.9 percentage points. Read more.

6 comments Add your comment


August 9th, 2010
11:55 pm

Deal hasn’t gone negative on her. The more they get to know her, the less the voters like her? Kinda like those of us in Fulton County and our North Fulton legislators.


August 10th, 2010
12:26 am

When Karen was running for Fulton County Commission (to take over a vacated seat), she came to my office to speak to a group of potential voters and she said “All I want to do and all I ever want to do is be a county commissioner, and I have no other political aspirations.” Before the term ended (and she started only mid-way through the term), she announced she was running for Secretary of State. After somehow winning the SOS election, halfway through that 4-year term, she announced whe was running for governor. She has a very Palin-esque job-hopping mentality. And she is totally inwardly focused. To recap the obvious: No college education and never completed a full term in any public office. I could go on……


August 10th, 2010
12:41 am

Need elect Handel women better cleaning up mess.

Joe Fowler

August 10th, 2010
12:46 am

I wonder why it was never pointed out in the campaign that while as Secretary of State, their website would allow anyone to change corporate information in a matter of minutes to allow a complete stranger to assume the identity of someones business, reroute their correspondence, and subsequently steal their money. If you can’t keep up with what is going on in one department, then it might be rather difficult to oversee ALL of the departments that comprise the business of the State.


August 10th, 2010
8:58 am

You Republicans sure have some sorry candidates — tweedledum and tweedlecrook.

T Knight

August 10th, 2010
9:00 am

Fulton Righty….. you’re kidding right(y)? Maybe we haven’t been watching the same Nathan Deal commercials…….. maybe you find verbally attacking women OK…. I DO NOT. The Last Straw commercial is the worst of them all.

Vote Karen Handel….. TODAY1