Monday, January 28, 2013

Sonny Perdue, Herman Cain, Kasim Reed lead early polls for U.S. Senate seat

Posted By on Mon, Jan 28, 2013 at 1:01 PM

Mayor Kasim Reed leads Democrats in one poll of potential candidates
The ink's barely dry on U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss' Friday annonucement that the Georgia Republican won't seek a third term in Washington, D.C. And no one has formally announced their plans to run for the open seat. But already polls are gauging support for potential candidates.

According to a telephone poll of 1,027 Republican voters by GOP consultant Todd Rehm's GaPundit.com, more than 22 percent of respondents would like to see former Gov. Sonny Perdue take Chambliss' seat in the Senate. Karen Handel, the former Georgia secretary of state and unsuccessful gubernatorial hopeful, came in second to the former governor. Nearly 25 percent of the survey's respondents said they were undecided.

In addition, Florida-based HEG On-Target Solutions and Apache Political, a metro Atlanta Republican consulting firm, also polled voters about the race, which is nearly two years away. The poll found that nearly 40 percent of voters would likely support former businessman and failed presidential candidate Herman Cain n the contest. There's a wide gulf between Cain and his nearest potential challenger, Congressman Tom Price, R-Roswell, who garnered 8 percent of the responses. Cain, however, has said he's not interested in serving in the U.S. Senate. More than 22 percent of voters were undecided.

Democrats, however, say they're more likely to vote for Mayor Kasim Reed, were he to jump into what's sure to be a crowded pack of candidates. The well-connected former state lawmaker turned city's chief executive was selected by more than 25 percent of the respondents over former Georgia Labor Commissioner Michael Thurmond and Congressman John Barrow, D-Augusta, among others. More than 20 percent of the survey's 1,234 respondents were unsure who'd earn their vote.

Think it's crazy that Reed would bid farewell to the mayor's office to jump into what could be a difficult statewide race? Peach Pundit contributor and Friend of CL Stefan Turkheimer indulges in a little educated speculation here.

Crosstabs and more information about GaPundit.com's poll are here. The Apache/HEG On-Target Solutions poll information can be found on Peach Pundit, where Apache Political's Mike Hassinger is a contributor.

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