By Aaron Gould Sheinin and Jeremy Redmon, AJC staff writers
Republicans lead in Georgia’s top statewide races going into Tuesday’s elections, but three contests could be headed toward a runoff, a new poll conducted for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and the Georgia Newspaper Partnership shows.
In the race for governor, Republican Nathan Deal leads Democrat Roy Barnes 47 percent to 40 percent, with Libertarian John Monds getting the support of 6 percent. Seven percent are undecided, according to the poll conducted Tuesday through Thursday by Mason-Dixon Polling & Research Inc.
In addition to the governor’s race, runoffs could be possible in races for attorney general and state school superintendent. The poll found that Republican attorney general candidate Sam Olens leads Democrat Ken Hodges 46 percent to 34 percent, with Libertarian Don Smart receiving the support of 4 percent. Sixteen percent of respondents said they were undecided.
In the race for school superintendent, the poll found Republican John Barge with 39 percent to 29 percent for Democrat Joe Martin. Libertarian Kira Willis had the support of 5 percent, and a full 27 percent said they were undecided. Read the full article.