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Deal and Barnes tied

Compiled from InsiderAdvantage and Southern Political Report staff

September 16, 2010 — Former governor and Democratic nominee Roy Barnes is now tied with former congressman and Republican nominee Nathan Deal in their race for governor, according to the latest InsiderAdvantage/WSB-TV poll.

The survey of 632 registered voters who said they are likely to vote in November was conducted Thursday night and has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.6%. The poll utilized InsiderAdvantage’s IVR polling system which accurately polled the results of both the GOP and Democratic primaries earlier this year.

In the race for governor the results were:

Deal (R) 42%
Barnes (D) 42%
Mondes (L) 5%
Undecided 11%

Insideradvantage CEO Matt Towery:

“Clearly this was a tough week for Deal as the poll showed a substantial drop in support among female voters and nearly 10% of Republicans voting for Barnes. Barnes gained among independent voters but Deal still leads him in that category. There are two ways to look at this situation. Yes, the poll took place while news stories about Deal’s loans were coming out. But it also was taken before Barnes had the chance to run heavy ad buys beating Deal up on the issue.

"What this really boils down to is whether Barnes’ status as a Democrat in a state where President Obama and Democrats in general are highly unpopular will keep voters in the Deal camp and turning out in higher numbers on election day. This poll in no way suggests that Deal is a “cooked goose.” However, the race is clearly up for grabs and likely will be competitive until election day.”

In the race for the US Senate incumbent Johnny Isakson is extending his large lead. The results:

Isakson (R) 52%
Thurmond (D) 34%
Donovan (L) 5%
Undecided 9%

Towery: “Now that Isakson has taken to the airwaves, his numbers are climbing and will continue to do so. I expect this to be a major victory for Isakson”



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