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Georgia Senate: GOP’s Isakson Still Running Strong in Reelection Bid

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Republican Senator Johnny Isakson continues to hold a double-digit lead over Democratic challenger Michael Thurmond in Georgia’s race for U.S. Senate.

The latest Rasmussen Reports statewide telephone survey of Likely voters shows Isakson picking up 52% support while Thurmond, the state’s Commissioner of Labor, draws support from 36%. Libertarian candidate Chuck Donovan earns the vote from five percent (5%) of Georgia voters, while one percent (1%) prefer some other candidate. Six percent (6%) are undecided at this point.

Last month, Isakson led Thurmond 55% to 41% when no third party candidate was included in the survey. In four surveys conducted since April, Isakson has received support from 51% to 57%. Thurmond’s support has ranged from 30% to 41% during the same period.

Isakson was first elected to the Senate in 2004 with 58% of the vote and faced no serious opposition until Thurmond entered the race. Thurmond faces an uphill battle, given the current political climate, in a state that trends conservative and Republican.

This race remains Solid Republican in the Rasmussen Reports Election 2010 Balance of Power standings.

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This statewide telephone survey of 500 Likely Voters in Georgia was conducted on September 21, 2010 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/-4.5 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.


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