It may be time to start wondering if Roy Barnes can win the July 20 Democratic primary for governor without a cash-consuming runoff.
For the second time in less than a month, a statewide poll has shown the former Georgia governor with an overwhelming lead.
In late May, it was a WSB-TV/InsiderAdvantage poll, which showed Barnes leaping to a 64 percent lead. On Monday evening, a SurveyUSA poll showed Barnes with the support of 63 percent of Democratic respondents, with Attorney General Thurbert Baker, his closest competitor, at 13 percent.
The poll was sponsored by group of three media outlets – 11Alive News and V103-FM in Atlanta, and 13WMAZ-TV of Macon.
The same poll shows that, on the Republican side of the race for governor, state Insurance Commissioner John Oxendine holds a commanding lead of 34 percent, with former secretary of state Karen Handel (18 percent) and former congressman Nathan Deal (17 percent) in a tight race for second place.
Former state Sen. Eric Johnson of Savannah, who with Oxendine went up on TV today, was rated at 6 percent.
The specs from 11Alive:
So the two polls have separate MOEs – 3.6 percent in the Republican survey, and 4.3 percent in the Democratic contest.
On that Democratic side of the race, Barnes’ early presence on TV – he issued his sixth ad of the campaign last week – is clearly a factor.
Baker began his TV campaign on Sunday, and came out with a second introductory ad today – aimed at most of the major Georgia markets: