Landmark Communications of Duluth on Thursday released the results of a 3,277-voter automated poll that predicted a GOP sweep of the governor’s race and four other statewide contests.
Landmark is headed up by GOP political strategist Mark Rountree. Let that be your “caveat emptor” notice. Late this evening, Rountree released a subset that addressed the 2nd Congressional District, currently held by Democrat Sanford Bishop of Albany, and the 8th Congressional District, held by U.S. Rep. Jim Marshall of Macon.
Republican Mike Keown is in a dead heat with 18-year incumbent Democrat Sanford Bishop, which had been unthinkable to most pundits only two months ago. Keown is ahead 47.2% to Bishop’s 44.9%, but within the margin of error which is 3.5%.
And in the 8th District:
Unless something dramatic happens, Democrat Jim Marshall is in a near-impossible hole in his race against Republican challenger Austin Scott. As of now, Marshall is at only 35.1% with a surging Scott at 51.4%. There is good reason that the DCCC decided to pull their money from this district.
A total of 836 and 763 voters participated respectively in the 2nd and 8th districts, completing all questions during an Oct. 19 telephone survey. The margin of error is plus or minus 3.5 percent for both surveys.