Dem Dominates In Georgia Special Election Poll

Phillip Stucky | Political Reporter

Democratic candidate Jon Ossoff is ahead in the latest Georgia special election poll released Wednesday by Clout Research.

Ossoff took the lead, earning 31.7 percent of the vote in the latest poll. Former state Secretary of State Karen Handel is in second place, earning 24.9 percent of the vote.

The special election will fill the congressional seat left by Trump’s appointee as secretary of Health and Human Services April 18. If no single candidate wins a majority, the top two candidates will go on to a runoff election scheduled for June 20.

No other candidates broke the 20 percent mark, but it’s worth noting that 2.8 percent of voters said they would rather vote for someone else, and 17.6 percent remained unsure of who they planned to support in the special election.

Interestingly, Ossoff was the only Democrat included in the poll, which may have helped the candidate gain more of a share in voting. Ragin Edwards, Richard Keatley, Rebecca Quigg and former state Sen. Ron Slotinare are also listed as officially filed candidates on the Democratic side.

The key issue in the race will be “taxes and the economy,” with 21.5 percent of respondents asserting that was the most important issue to them in their decision. “Dealing with Obamacare” and “National Security” came in second and third, respectively.

The poll ran from Feb. 17 through Feb. 18, and included 694 adults, with a margin of error of 3.7 percentage points in either direction.

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