- The Washington Times - Wednesday, October 22, 2014

A new poll shows Democrat Michelle Nunn leading by 2 points in the U.S. Senate race in Georgia over Republican David Perdue in a race both sides have quickly turned their attention to as one that could ultimately determine control of the U.S. Senate.

A SurveyUSA poll conducted for Atlanta’s NBC affiliate shows Ms. Nunn with 46 percent of the vote, and Mr. Perdue, who has been targeted in recent weeks for his past business record, with 44 percent. The candidates are running to replace retiring GOP Sen. Saxby Chambliss.

Libertarian Amanda Swafford polled at 4 percent; if no candidate can eclipse 50 percent, the race heads to a runoff. And with a runoff a distinct possibility in a three-way U.S. Senate race in Louisiana, that means control of the U.S. Senate might not be determined until well after Election Day.

Mr. Perdue leads by less than a percentage point in RealClearPolitics’ latest average of public polling on the race.

Democrats had long targeted Kentucky and Georgia as two of their only few pick-up opportunities in an otherwise difficult election year. But with Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell appearing to hold a small but steady lead over Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes in Kentucky, both sides are marshaling their resources to boost Ms. Nunn and Mr. Perdue in Georgia and are even bracing for action in Louisiana after Nov. 4, already anticipating a runoff there between incumbent Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu and GOP Rep. Bill Cassidy.

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