Georgia: New Poll Finds Close Race in GOP Senate Primary

Broun is in a statistical tie in a new poll. (Douglas Graham/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Georgia Republican Reps. Paul Broun, Phil Gingrey and Tom Price lead the field of potential contenders for the GOP nomination in the open Senate race.

In a new survey conducted by Harper Polling, a GOP firm, 19 percent of Republicans polled said Broun would be their pick for the nominee to replace retiring Sen. Saxby Chambliss, 18 percent picked Gingrey and 17 percent said they would vote for Price.

Rep. Jack Kingston took 13 percent, and two other candidates, Ross Tolleson and Kelly Loeffler, got negligible support in the survey.

Broun is the only declared candidate for the seat, but Gingrey and Kingston are expected to decide on a run soon. Price has said he will wait to make a decision until May.

On a generic ballot question, 44 percent of likely 2014 Peach State voters polled said they would vote for the Republican candidate. Forty percent said they would vote for the Democratic candidate. Nine percent weren't sure.

Democrats consider Rep. John Barrow, D-Ga., to be their best shot at picking up the seat. But like his Republican colleagues, the poll showed he is not particularly well-known statewide.

CQ Roll Call rates the Georgia Senate race as Likely Republican.

Harper Polling surveyed 939 likely 2014 voters on land lines, via automatic dialing and questioning, Feb. 11-12 on behalf of Conservative Intel. The poll had a margin of error of 3.2 points.

The poll surveyed 309 Republicans for questions about the GOP primary. Those responses had a margin of error of 5.6 points.