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Friday February 12th, 2016 9:30PM

Poll: Gov. Deal leads Democratic challenger in race for governor

By The Associated Press
ATLANTA (AP) A new poll finds that Republican Gov. Nathan Deal has a 9-point lead over Democratic challenger Jason Carter in the race for Georgia governor.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution's poll showed that Deal has 47 percent support in a head-to-head matchup against his likely Democratic opponent, state Sen. Jason Carter, who had 38 percent.

Carter campaign spokeswoman Meg Robinson said the poll shows that a majority of voters don't support Deal. She said the results show that Deal is a weak incumbent.

The poll also showed no clear front-runner in the contest to succeed retiring U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss.

``It seems to me like pretty much anybody's race with the favorability numbers being pretty similar,'' pollster Seth Brohinksy, who conducted the survey, said of the Senate race.

The poll of 802 registered voters was conducted Jan. 6-9 and had a margin of error of plus or minus 4 percentage points.
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