Donald Trump celebrates poll giving him 3-point edge in Georgia

 

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, left, and Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump in these 2016 AP file photos.

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, left, and Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump in these 2016 AP file photos.

 

The latest polling data show that Georgia is falling further out of Democrat Hillary Clinton’s reach. And Republican Donald Trump celebrated the results Tuesday in a tweet.

The Monmouth University poll shows Trump has a 3-point edge over Clinton, within the margin of error, while U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson has built a solid lead in his re-election bid.

The poll found that 45 percent of likely Georgia voters back Trump and 42 percent support Clinton. About 8 percent say they’ll vote for Libertarian Gary Johnson and 5 percent are undecided. The margin of error of the poll is about 5 percent.

Clinton leads Trump among black voters statewide by an 88-4 margin, while Trump holds a 66-20 advantage among white voters.

“There has been some talk of Georgia becoming part of a demographic realignment in presidential politics,” said Patrick Murray, director of the Monmouth University Polling Institute. “However, Clinton is not quite making the needed inroads among young white voters to take the lead here.”

Isakson, meanwhile, appears to be on the verge of avoiding a runoff in the contest against Democrat Jim Barksdale and Libertarian Allen Buckley.

The poll has him leading the race with 50 percent of the vote, and Barksdale trailing at 34 percent. Buckley has about 5 percent and another 10 percent of likely Georgia voters are undecided. He will need to win a majority of votes to avoid a January vote.

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In other polling news, Gov. Nathan Deal is enjoying relatively high approval ratings.

A Morning Consult poll showed 57 percent of Georgia voters gave Deal a favorable approval rating, while 28 percent gave him an unfavorable rating.

Insider’s note: A version of this post appeared in the Morning Jolt, which you can find here.


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