Poll: Jon Ossoff, Karen Handel leading in Georgia special election

Karen Handel (center), with her husband, Steve Handel (left) waits to qualify for the Sixth District seat. Bob Andres, bandres@ajc.com

Democrat Jon Ossoff and Republican Karen Handel are beginning to distance themselves from the crowded field in Georgia’s special election, according to a Fox 5 Atlanta poll.

The poll, conducted by Opinion Savvy, showed Ossoff leading the 18-candidate field with 40 percent of the vote and Handel at 20 percent. The top two vote-getters in the April 18 special election are headed to a likely June 20 runoff.

The poll showed a trio of other Republicans are essentially tied for third place – Bob Gray, Judson Hill and Dan Moody all tallied between 8 to 10 points – while the rest of the candidates combined for about 6 percent of the vote. It found only 6 percent were undecided.

Most Republicans now concede Ossoff, a 30-year-old former Congressional aide, will land one of the two runoff spots. But the poll underscores the challenges ahead for the other Republicans scrambling to outlast Handel.

She remains at the top of the GOP heap in most polls despite not spending a dime on TV and radio advertising thanks in part to her strong name recognition. A former Fulton County commission chair, she has run four statewide campaigns and has long been a fixture in 6th District politics.

 


 

The other Republicans in the contest are facing mounting pressure to go on the offensive. Club for Growth, a conservative super PAC that endorsed Gray, suggested in a memo it could soon target Handel. And other campaigns are increasingly throwing elbows at Gray, including questioning his pro-Trump credentials.

The district, which stretches from east Cobb to north DeKalb, has long been a Republican stronghold. But Donald Trump’s struggles in the area, along with Ossoff’s surprising rise, have given Democrats hope they can flip the seat vacated by Tom Price.

The poll shows Ossoff would be virtually deadlocked in a head-to-head matchup with the four top Republicans in the poll. The scenarios showed Ossoff with narrow leads over Gray, Moody and Handel in hypothetical matchups, while Hill has a one-point lead over Ossoff in the contest.

The poll surveyed 462 registered voters in the 6th District, and has a margin of error of 4.5 percent.

More AJC coverage of the Sixth District race:

Republicans, Democrats target Ossoff in Georgia special election

In Tom Price’s backyard, a Republican split over healthcare

How outside forces play an outsized role in Georgia’s 6th District race

Bob Gray’s pro-Trump credentials under fire

Ad blitz for Georgia’s Sixth District race already tops $3.7M

House GOP health care plan divides Sixth District candidates

Jon Ossoff rattles conservatives in race for Georgia’s Sixth

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131 comments
Brad Carter
Brad Carter

Handel?!? You're freakin kidding me? You mean she is running AGAIN for public office in GA?! Just what the state needs: another rich old white conservative Trump-toad who would sell out the state's interests for the grabber-in-chief.

Pam Sheridan
Pam Sheridan

Yes go Jon go, and don't believe the Republican trolls... democrats need to take Georgia and the the country BACK

Ed Theobald
Ed Theobald

Who is financing Ossoff's media blitz? Nancy Pelosi (D California)?

Renae Pearce
Renae Pearce

Do some research on Ossoff, he's bad news in a love your terrorists way and unless he moved, he doesn't even live in the district.

Renae Pearce
Renae Pearce

Ossof can't still be running after withholding financials showing monies from islamics & that they were producing some of his ads. What is wrong with people? He's clearly working against Georgia & America!!!

Mary Reynoso
Mary Reynoso

So it ok for trump to take money from Russia, all of these elected officials do it,they think Americans are stupied and don't know, that why you really need to know who you vote for

Gina Barcourt
Gina Barcourt

Who cares if Islamics produced his ads?? I'm sure he PAID them for their WORK!!!!

Renae Pearce
Renae Pearce

To Mary Reynoso and Gina Barcourt I'm not arguing Trump or Russia. Mary you're sentence didn't really make sense to me, so I really can't respond to anything you wrote. Gina, everyone should be concerned about anyone that right enough with any Islamic group, they are evil and their plan is to take over the country and destroy our culture and freedoms, so even you should be concerned, The money they pay any elected or anyone running for election is to gain footing into how the elected official that now owes them, they work for that group or person and not the people. As far as the production work, they paid for it to gain more control. I suggest that you both so some research and not on CNN, especially what Islamist plan and especially how they treat women. Get Smart

Lynne Latham
Lynne Latham

Jon Ossoff isn't a politician like the rest of them. He hasn't had time to become dishonest like the Republican candidates. He's got my vote.

Renae Pearce
Renae Pearce

He's already proven to be dishonest & taking money from people that hate Americans, I don't know how he's even legally able to be in the race

Lynne Latham
Lynne Latham

Renae Pearce what people who hate Americans? I don't hate Americans, and as far as being dishonest, take a good look at the Republican Party and the current occupants of the White House. Dishonesty has been taken to a whole new level.

Penny Mills Turner
Penny Mills Turner

We need to hold this REPUBLICAN seat! VOTE FOR KAREN HANDEL! Jon Ossoff is another LIBERAL being funded by Nancy Peloci!

Shirley Hinton
Shirley Hinton

Gross to both of them ! GEORGIA Please dont put us in the jackpot again .. this insanity will never end till you vote the right people in..these two are NOT IT !

Ed Theobald
Ed Theobald

Jon Ossoff seems to be a wolf in sheep's clothing. Seems like the tired ol democrats pretending to appear conservative when they are not. The give away was a commercial where he says he will hold Trump accountable. HA! That's not compatible with the 6th district's voters.

Myree Terry-Parker
Myree Terry-Parker

He is not the district he is himself with his own sense of right and wrong. That is what is wrong with politicts everybody following wrong no good people without a BRAIN.

Ed Theobald
Ed Theobald

Good points Myree Terry-Parker. To me, he appears dishonest in his ads and seems to exaggerate his resume.

KS Makuta
KS Makuta

Spoken like good old Republicans! If you can put a cheat, liar, adulterer, inexperienced low life (Yes, low-life: not worth wiping your feet on his.) In the White House, then Jon Ossoff is a refreshing change!

Ed Theobald
Ed Theobald

KS Makuta, your comment has no credibility, maybe your hatred is clouding your brain.

Ryan Lee
Ryan Lee

Boy, what a pleasant set of mugs in this photo. Even Mike Kenn looks like a goon. Karen Handel's truly a pathetic opportunistic. Ever since replacing Kenn on the Fulton County Commission (as a metro-influenced Republican), she's done nothing but try to jump from one elected office to a higher one, hee-hawing and lying her way to losses.

Richard Hylton
Richard Hylton

Handel...hands down...Ossof appears to have more bad press everyday...I've heard none on Handel

Eli Yoder
Eli Yoder

And apparently you operate on the same criteria

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DebbieJ.Perez

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Shelley Lange Rahiya
Shelley Lange Rahiya

Proud to support Jon Ossoff!! We need more like him and less of Price and his insider stock trading$$$$

Jim Driver
Jim Driver

Handel is an absolute waste of space & cares for no one but herself! Worked with her in the 90's when she was a nobody trying to be a somebody. Awful person

Steve09
Steve09

The stated qualifications by Ossoff are bogus.;  he was a congressional clerk at best and now he's 30 with not much to show except some interesting videos of his youth.  Handel isn't much better (Yes, I'm aware she was Secretary of State for GA).  Having just a political connection isn't going to cut it anymore.

Cobbian
Cobbian

Remember what Trump said about "drain the swamp."  Most of the Republicans running are part of the swamp.  Same-old, same-old.  And that includes the super-conservative, who are the ones who made reform/replace the ACA impossible and who are doing stupid things like making it impossible to update adoption laws in the state legislature.


We don't need any more obstructionists - so that means no to Handel, Gray, Moody.  Hill is just a good-old-boy who will play along but not stand up against the establishment "swamp" players.  Time for some new blood in the 6th, not more establishment players.    

Billy Wilson
Billy Wilson

Handel is Horrible , She is extremely disorganized and really cares less for the people . She was more interested in getting her nails done than helping us .

Eli Yoder
Eli Yoder

I will vote for any Republican before a Democrat !

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