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Handel, Deal Headed For Runoff In Georgia

Republicans in Georgia are headed to a runoff in the governor's race. Karen Handel, a former secretary of state, paced the seven-candidate field with 33 percent of the vote, well shy of the majority needed to win the nomination outright.

Handel will face former Rep. Nathan Deal, who resigned his House seat earlier this year to focus on his gubernatorial bid. Deal took 23 percent, edging out two others for the final spot in the runoff. Former state Sen. Eric Johnson finished with 20 percent, state Insurance Commissioner John Oxendine with 17 percent and three others with 3 percent or less.

The runoff takes place Aug. 10.

Oxendine had led in most polls heading into the final weeks of the primary and led by 8 points in a poll as recently as last week. But as she's done elsewhere, Sarah Palin stepped into the race last week to endorse Handel.

Just as she had done in the neighboring South Carolina Republican gubernatorial primary, Palin's endorsement was followed by an immediate boost in the polls for her candidate of choice. In South Carolina it was Nikki Haley, who went on to win a runoff against Rep. Gresham Barrett.

The winner of the three-week dash will face former Gov. Roy Barnes, one of five former governors running for their old jobs. Barnes cake-walked through the Democratic primary, winning 64 percent of the vote. Attorney General Thurbert Baker finished second with 22 percent.

Ga. Gov: Oxendine, Barnes Still Lead Primaries

Insurance Commissioner John Oxendine (R) and former governor Roy Barnes (D) lead the packs in the respective party primaries in the 2010 Georgia gubernatorial race, a new Strategic Vision survey finds (Sept. 18-20, 800 LV, MoE +/- 3%). The two also led in a July poll, while Sec. of State Karen Handel has jumped into second place ahead of Rep. Nathan Deal.

GOP Primary
John Oxendine 38
Karen Handel 15
Nathan Deal 10
Eric Johnson 6
Austin Scott 3
Ray McBerry 2
Jeff Chapman 1
Undecided 25

Dem Primary
Roy Barnes 45
Thurbert Baker 30
David Poythress 5
Dubose Porter 2
Undecided 18

GA Gov Poll: Oxendine, Barnes Lead Primary Fields

Strategic Vision (R) has also polled again in Georgia, and finds state Insurance Commissioner John Oxendine building on his lead in the Republican primary field. Rep. Nathan Deal (R) has also swapped places with Secretary of State Karen Handel for second place.

Republican Primary Election Matchup
Oxendine 38 (+3)
Deal 16 (+4)
Handel 9 (-4)
Johnson 5 (+1)
McBerry 3 (+1)
Scott 2 (unch)
Undecided 27 (-5)

In the Democratic race, former Georgia Gov. Roy Barnes has dipped a few points since the June survey, conducted just after he entered the race. Attorney General Thurbert Baker is the only other Democrat with a shot at this point.

Democratic Primary Election Matchup
Barnes 46 (-3)
Baker 31 (+1)
Poythress 4 (-1)
Porter 3 (+1)
Undecided 16 (+2)

Georgia's outgoing Gov. Sonny Perdue sees his job approval rating dip only a few points, as is the case for each of the state's senators. President Obama's approval rating has slipped nine points; more voters now dissaprove than approve.

Job Approval
Perdue 51/38
Chambliss 48/39
Isakson 54/37
Obama 40/52

The telephone survey was conducted from July 17-19 of 800 likely voters, with a margin of error of +/- 3 percent.

GA Gov Poll: Oxendine, Barnes Top Primary Fields

A Strategic Vision poll out today shows that just weeks after announcing his candidacy, former Georgia Gov. Roy Barnes leads the Democratic field in the race for governor. Seeking a political comeback seven years after he lost his re-election bid, Barnes is just shy of 50 percent in the field. But Attorney General Thurbert Baker shows strong support as well at this early stage. In an April survey, Barnes was not included.

Democratic Primary Election Matchup
Barnes 49
Baker 30 (-11 from April)
Poythress 5 (-3)
Porter 2 (-3)
Undecided 14 (-11)

On the Republican side, state Insurance Commissioner John Oxendine leads a field that is still unsettled after the surprise announcement that Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle would seek re-election instead of the governorship. Secretary of State Karen Handel and U.S. Rep. Nathan Deal are neck-and-neck in second. Far more voters are undecided in the Republican race.

Republican Primary Election Matchup
Oxendine 35 (+2)
Handel 13 (+1)
Deal 12
Johnson 4
McBerry 2 (unch)
Scott 2 (unch)
Undecided 32 (+7)

The current governor, Sonny Perdue, and the state's two senators earn good marks, as does President Obama -- though his approval has dipped six points since an April survey.

Approval Ratings
Perdue 53/36
Chambliss 50/40
Isakson 56/35
Obama 49/43
Congress 20/66

The telephone survey was conducted from June 12-14 of 800 likely voters, with a margin of error of +/- 3 percent.