WSB poll: Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton are in a dead heat in Georgia

Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. AP file.

Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. AP file.

So much for a post-convention bounce.

A WSB-TV poll released Monday showed that Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton are in a statistical tie in Georgia.

That’s not the news that the Trump campaign, which has a state director in Georgia and several field operatives, wants to hear after a tumultuous Republican National Convention.

The poll of 500 likely voters, conducted on Sunday by Landmark/Rosetta Stone, has Trump at 45.5 percent of the vote and Clinton at 44 percent. Libertarian Gary Johnson has about 5 percent of the vote and the Green Party’s Jill Stein has 2 percent. About 3 percent of the voters were undecided, and it has a margin of error of 4 percentage points.

The Republican earned about two-thirds of the white vote, while the poll had Clinton with the support of about four of every five black voters. You can check out the rest of the crosstabs here.

“A lot of people haven’t grasped the real competitive nature of Georgia statewide elections,” said Mark Rountree, the head of Landmark Communications. “They look at the state of Georgia, which has been heavily controlled by Republicans for more than a decade, and dismiss the fact that changes have occurred and now 37 percent of voters are minorities. It’s created a false sense of security for many Republican political operatives.”

The poll was released the same day Georgia Democrats touted a poll they commissioned that showed the race was in a dead heat, with about 16 percent of the state’s voters undecided.

No Democrat has won Georgia’s electoral votes since Bill Clinton’s victory in 1992, and Republicans have won control of all the levers of state government since then. But Peach State Democrats hope Trump at the top of the ticket makes Georgia newly competitive.


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