Former secretary of state Karen Handel is using yesterday’s Rasmussen survey of the Georgia governor’s race as her own personal fund-raising tool.
The poll, which showed former Gov. Roy Barnes running more poorly among voters than ever before, has become the basis of a memo sent this afternoon to members of Handel’s finance committee. And the odd reporter.
The Rasmussen poll showed Republicans John Oxendine, Nathan Deal and Handel beating Barnes in a head-to-head. Former state Sen. Eric Johnson of Savannah was running even.
Handel keyed on a Rasmussen favorite – crosstabs that show “very favorable/very unfavorable” ratings of each Republican – on the theory that, this early, passion rules.
See the entire memo here. Sayeth the key paragraphs:
In just two months Oxendine has seen a drop from 22-7 to 12-11. This is a significant hit in public opinion. Deal has seen his numbers drop from 10-6 to 8-8. On the other hand, Karen’s numbers have improved from 8-4 in December to 13-7 this week.
It’s clear after several surveys that the scandals involving Nathan Deal and John Oxendine have taken a toll on their standing with the voters, particularly those paying the most attention right now. Oxendine’s numbers, in particular, are trending rapidly in the wrong direction. Eric Johnson, thus far, has failed to get traction.
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