Morning Digest: Poll finds Democrats within striking distance of GOP in Georgia governor's race
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● GA-Gov: SurveyUSA has conducted a poll of the general election in Georgia, and their hypothetical matchups find a very close race. The pollster gives Republican Brian Kemp a 46-44 lead over Democratic nominee Stacey Abrams, while fellow Republican Casey Cagle leads her by a similar 45-43 margin. SurveyUSA's prior poll from shortly before the May primary found Cagle with a 46-41 edge over Abrams, so these latest results are a marginal improvement for Democrats if accurate, but there have been very few polls of this contest to-date.
In Tuesday's GOP primary runoff, SurveyUSA has Kemp up by 40-34, which is consistent with other polls showing Kemp pulling into the lead this month after Cagle won a 39-26 plurality in the May primary. However, it's worth noting that this poll was in the field from July 15 to July 19, meaning part of it was conducted after Trump endorsed Kemp.
Meanwhile, Kemp is the subject of some unflattering recent news after ProPublica's Robert Faturechi reported on offensive comments he made during the 2016 presidential campaign. According to Faturechi, he was at a Kansas hunting lodge where Kemp, other Republican secretaries of state, and corporate donors were watching a presidential debate that was held just two days after the Access Hollywood tape was released. He says Kemp joked, «Trump should have gone over there and groped [Hillary Clinton],» apparently not realizing that Faturechi was a reporter.