Gallup: Georgia Runoff ‘Likely’

Nunn (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)
Nunn (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)
Posted October 10, 2014 at 10:18am

Gallup said Friday runoffs are “likely” in Georgia’s Senate and gubernatorial races, citing the high rate of independents in that state.  

A Senate runoff in Georgia would be held Jan. 6 — potentially leaving control of the Senate in limbo into the next session of Congress.  

Gallup didn’t post direct poll results in the hotly contested race between Democrat Michelle Nunn and Republican David Perdue, but the polling showed Georgia has trended slightly less conservative in recent years. Some 40 percent of the state’s voters identified as independent, with 28 percent Democrats and 27 percent Republicans, per Gallup’s polling. Some 12 percent of those independents lean toward Democrats and 15 percent to the Republicans.  

Gallup also notes that President Barack Obama’s approval rating in Georgia, while still underwater at 42 percent, is better than in some other contested states, including Louisiana (40 percent), Arkansas (33 percent), and Kansas (32 percent).  

More at Gallup .