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Georgia Senate: Chambliss Maintains Lead

There’s little change in the Georgia’s U.S. Senate race between Republican Senator Saxby Chambliss and his Democratic challenger, Jim Martin.

The latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey in the Peach State finds the incumbent ahead of his challenger 50% to 43% (see crosstabs). That’s similar to results from a month ago.

Chambliss has held a solid lead all year, but the race tightened when Martin was finally selected as the Democratic challenger.

Typically, incumbents who poll below the 50% level of support are considered potentially vulnerable and support for Chambliss is not as solid as he might like. However, he is far from being the most vulnerable GOP senator in this year’s round of elections. Many Republican Senate seats are potentially in play for Democrats including seats in Alaska, New Hampshire, Oregon, New Mexico, Colorado, Mississippi, Minnesota, and Virginia.

Chambliss picks up votes from 91% of Republicans and Martin is backed by 91% of Democrats. Among unaffiliated voters, Chambliss has a modest advantage once again this month.

The incumbent senator is viewed favorably by 59% and Martin gets favorable reviews from 49%. For both men, those figures reflect a two-point improvement over the past month.

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Georgia Republican Governor Sonny Perdue earns good or excellent ratings from 49%, up two points from a month ago.

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Georgia Leans Republican

Latest RR Poll

RR Poll Avg.

RR Mkts.

In Trade

2002 Results

Chambliss (R)

50%

48%

53%

Martin (D)

46%

45%

46%

This telephone survey of 500 Likely Voters was conducted by Rasmussen Reports September 16, 2008. The margin of sampling error for the survey is +/- 4.5 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence.

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Georgia Trends: Chambliss vs. Martin

Date

Chambliss

Martin

11/18/2008

50%

46%

10/30/2008

48%

43%

10/22/2008

47%

45%

10/07/2008

50%

44%

09/16/2008

50%

43%

08/14/2008

48%

43%

07/17/2008

51%

40%

06/26/2008

52%

39%

06/04/2008

52%

36%

05/06/2008

54%

33%

03/20/2008

51%

33%


Favorable Ratings for Senate Candidates in Georgia

 

Chambliss

Martin

Very Favorable

29%

26%

Somewhat Favorable

29%

24%

Somewhat Unfavorable

17%

22%

Very Unfavorable

22%

25%

Not Sure

3%

4%


About Rasmussen Reports

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Scott Rasmussen, president of Rasmussen Reports, has been an independent pollster for more than a decade.