Politics

Poll: Close Race Between Democrat and Republicans for Price’s Seat

Democrat Ossoff has large primary lead, Handel leads split GOP field

Democrat Jon Ossoff held a large lead over a split Republican field led by former Secretary of State Karen Handel in the race to replace Tom Price in Georgia’s 6th Congressional District.

A new poll shows Democrat Jon Ossoff in close head-to-head matchups against the top Republican candidates in the special election for Georgia’s 6th Congressional District.

Ossoff led with 40 percent of the vote in the jungle primary race scheduled for April 18, according to the poll conducted for Fox 5 Atlanta by Opinion Savvy. Former Georgia Secretary of State Karen Handel came in second with 20 percent, ahead of a pack of Republicans. 

Republican votes are split between Bob Gray, Judson Hill and Dan Moody, all polling between 8 and 10 percent.

In head-to-head matchups, the survey showed Ossoff with a narrow lead over Gray, Moody and Handel. Hill was the only Republican to outpoll Ossoff by a narrow margin.

Former Rep. Tom Price vacated the seat to serve as President Donald Trump’s secretary of Health and Human Services. If no candidate receives at least 50 percent of the vote in the primary, a runoff will be held on June 20.

The poll surveyed 462 registered voters in the district and had a sample error of 4.5 percentage points.

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