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Georgia Senate: Senator Chambliss Holds onto Strong Leads Over Democrats

The U.S. Senate race in Georgia has remained relatively steady this month. Senator Saxby Chambliss leads Democratic challengers Vernon Jones 59% to 29% and Jim Martin 51% to 40% in the Peach State.

Last month, the incumbent led Jones 57% to 30%, while topping Martin 52% to 39%. He also had double-digit leads over three other Democrats vying for his position. However, the Democratic field was narrowed to two contenders with last month’s primary. Jones and Martin will face off August 5th in the party’s runoff election, since neither candidate earned 50% in the primary.

Chambliss has served just one term in Senate, after serving in the House since 1994. He serves as a ranking member of the Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry. Jones, who currently serves as CEO of DeKalb County, ran into some controversy when a campaign photo of he and Barack Obama was struck down by the Presidential candidate for being digitally altered. Obama also added that he does not endorse Jones in the state’s Senate race. Martin is a former State Representative and Human Resources Commissioner.

Against Jones, Chambliss is supported by 96% of Republicans in Georgia and 19% of Democrats. When put against Martin, he earns support from 90% of Republicans and just 9% of Democrats. Chambliss tops Jones 66% to 18% among unaffiliated voters. Against Martin, he leads 56% to 33%. While the incumbent leads Jones by double-digits among both men and women, he trails Martin 45% to 43% among women. He leads Martin 62% to 32% among men.

While Chambliss continues to hold his own in Georgia, Democrats are looking to pick up several Republican Senate seats this November. Many Republican Senate seats are potentially in play for Democrats including seats in Alaska, New Hampshire, Oregon, New Mexico, Colorado, Mississippi, Minnesota, Virginia, and Kentucky.

Chambliss’ favorable ratings have improved over the past month. He is now viewed favorably by 61%, up from 57% last month. Jones earns favorable reviews from just 30% of voters in Georgia, up from 27% last month. Martin is viewed favorably by 47%, up from 34% last month.

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Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue (R) earns good or excellent ratings from 50% of Georgia’s voters. That’s down from 57% last month. Seventeen percent (17%) of voters give him a poor rating, up from 14% last month.

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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 July 17, 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. Jones

Date

Chambliss

Jones

07/17/2008

59%

29%

06/26/2008

57%

30%

06/04/2008

56%

33%

05/06/2008

58%

30%

03/20/2008

56%

30%

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%


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