- The Washington Times - Friday, October 24, 2014

Democrat Michelle Nunn leads Republican David Perdue by 3 points, 47 percent to 44 percent, in a new poll on the U.S. Senate race to replace retiring GOP Sen. Saxby Chambliss in Georgia.

The neck-and-neck race is one of Democrats’ precious few pick-up opportunities in a year where they are largely playing defense to protect a tenuous 55-45 majority in the U.S. Senate.

But if neither candidate can crack 50 percent, the contest would head to a January runoff. Coupled with a U.S. Senate contest in Louisiana that appears headed toward a runoff as well, control of the chamber might not be determined until well after election day, which is Nov. 4.

President Obama, in a rare pitch for an individual Senate candidate, said Thursday that if Ms. Nunn wins, Democrats will hold the Senate — a message Republicans immediately blasted out in attempt to turn the tables on her.

Libertarian candidate Amanda Swafford takes 5 percent in the poll, which has a margin of error of plus or minus four percentage points. The survey of 565 likely voters was conducted Oct. 19-22.

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