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Reeding the Polls in Georgia

Ralph Reed faces Republican primary voters in his race for lieutenant governor in Georgia next Tuesday (July 18).

He's in some hot water over his ties to Jack Abramoff, as his opponent, state Sen. Casey Cagle, is pushing the issue hard -- even implying that Reed could soon face criminal charges.

So, how do the polls look? Here's Strategic Vision, which was in the field July 7-9:

4. If the Republican primary for Lieutenant Governor were held today, whom would you vote for Ralph Reed or Casey Cagle? (Republicans only)

Casey Cagle 42%

Ralph Reed 41%

Undecided 17%

5. Do you have a favorable or unfavorable opinion of Ralph Reed? (Republicans only)

Favorable 36%

Unfavorable 49%

Undecided 15%

6. Do you have a favorable or unfavorable opinion of Casey Cagle? (Republicans only)

Favorable 43%

Unfavorable 36%

Undecided 21%

So, the head-to-head is a statistical dead heat. But Reed has lower favorable ratings than Cagle and much higher unfavorable ratings.

Many on the Left would be thrilled to see Reed go down. It may, in fact, be their first thrill in quite some time.