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January 11, 2014

Poll shows Deal with 9-point lead over Carter

A new poll finds that Republican Gov. Nathan Deal has a 9-point lead over Democratic challenger Jason Carter in the race for Georgia governor.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s poll showed that Deal has 47 percent support in a head-to-head matchup against his likely Democratic opponent, state Sen. Jason Carter, who had 38 percent.

About 71 percent of Republicans signaled their support for Deal, which means an uphill battle for his GOP challengers, state School Superintendent John Barge and Dalton Mayor David Pennington.

Carter campaign spokeswoman Meg Robinson said the poll shows that a majority of voters don’t support Deal. She said the results show that Deal is a weak incumbent.

The poll of 802 registered voters was conducted Jan. 6-9 and had a margin of error of plus or minus 4 percentage points.

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