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Republicans Scrambling: Major Red State Governor Race About to Turn Blue

Democrat Stacey Abrams is currently leading Republican rival Brian Kemp in Georgia’s close gubernatorial race, an internal poll that was commissioned by her campaign shows.

The poll, which was conducted by Garin-Hart-Yang Research Group, indicates that Abrams is leading Georgia’s secretary of state by 48% to 42% Seven percent of the respondents were undecided.

The survey comes a few weeks after a poll from Atlanta Journal-Constitution and Channel 2 Action News showed that Abrams and Kemp were deadlocked at 45% each.

Abrams, who is a former minority leader for the Georgia House of Representatives, ran as an unabashed progressive in her primary earlier in the year against Stacey Evans, who is a more moderate Democrat.

She’s running against Kemp, a conservative firebrand who got an endorsement from President Trump that helped him defeat the Georgia Lt. Governor Casey Cagle in a primary in July.

That internal poll released by Stacey Abrams’s campaign on Sunday also indicated higher favorability for Abrams: 43% have a positive impression of Stacey Abrams, compared to 29% with a negative opinion of her.

Attitudes toward Brian Kemp were more polarized, the survey showed. Thirty-seven percent have positive views while 34 percent have negative impressions.

Cook Political Report rates the Georgia governor’s race as being a “toss-up.” Georgia has not had a Democratic governor for 15 years.

Stacy Abrams’s internal poll questioned 603 likely voters from September 17 to 20. It’s margin of error is plus or minus 4.1%.

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