Republican Nathan Deal holds a 10-point lead over Democrat Roy Barnes in Georgia’s gubernatorial race.
A new Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of Likely Voters in the state finds Deal earning 49% of the vote to Barnes’ 39%. Libertarian candidate John Monds is a distant third, picking up just five percent (5%) support. Another five percent (5%) prefer some other candidate, while one percent (1%) are undecided. (To see survey question wording, click here).
This race moves from Leans Republican to Solid Republican in the Rasmussen Reports Election 2010 Gubernatorial Scorecard.
Earlier this month, Deal led Barnes 50% to 41%, with Monds receiving three percent (3%) of the vote. In surveys since March, the GOP ex-congressman has held small leads over Barnes, with support ranging from 43% to 51%. In those same surveys, Barnes’ support has remained in the narrow range of 39% to 43%. Monds has failed to earn more than five percent (5%) of the vote since late September.
Deal is favored by 82% of Georgia Republicans. Eighty-four percent (84%) of Democrats in the state support Barnes, who served as governor from 1999 to 2003. Monds earns single-digit support from both GOP voters and Democrats. Among voters not affiliated with either party, Deal holds a 51% to 30% advantage over his Democratic challenger, with Monds earning 11% support.
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The survey of 750 Likely Voters in Georgia was conducted on October 24, 2010 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 4 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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