Former Gov. Perdue Leads Poll of 2014 U.S. Senate Possibilities from Georgia

Poll comes after U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss announced his decision Friday to not seek re-election in 2014.

On Friday, Georgia's Senior U.S. Senator, Republican Saxby Chambliss, announced in a statement on his Website that he wouldn't be seeking a third term in 2014. By Monday, a poll on possible replacements already hit the headlines.

According to a press release from GaPundit.com, former Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue leads that poll, followed by former Georgia Sec. of State Karen Handel.

“If Governor Sonny Perdue decides to run for the U.S. Senate, he immediately becomes the front-runner, though it’s not a prohibitive lead,” said Todd Rehm, Editor of GaPundit.com.

The findings were the result of a telephone poll conducted by GaPundit.com of more than 1000 voters.

Other names that came up in the results were U.S. Reps Paul Broun, Tom Price and Lynn Westmoreland, Georgia Congressman Tom Graves and current Georgia Sec. of State Brian Kemp - in that order. Perdue drew 22.4 percent, Handel 15 percent, Broun 10.3, Price 9.7, Westmoreland, 8.4, Graves 6.3 and Kemp 3.4. At this time, however, undecideds still lead the poll at 24.5 percent.

“Two facts come out of the poll: first, there is a clear first tier; second, a Georgia Congressman can count on 6-11 percent support in a statewide race as a starting point,” Rehm said.

Taking gender as a factor, the poll indicated that 60 percent of Handel's support came from women, significantly higher than any other potential candidate. However, 64 percent of undecided respondents were women, showing some upside for Handel in a demographic that has been a weakness for the GOP lately, according to Rehm. The same number of male respondents chose Price as chose Handel, showing that Handel's lead was entirely from female respondents. Price and Handel's geographic bases overlap.

View the full poll results here.

In the meantime, Chambliss said he plans to make the remainder of his term constructive.

“There are two years left in my term, and there is lots left to do. I am in good health, and I plan to continue working hard to represent the best interests of Georgians, and to do my utmost to help restore America to its economic greatness,” Chambliss said.

Who do you think would be the best replacement for Chambliss in the U.S. Senate in 2014?


Grant January 28, 2013 at 05:29 PM
Perdue ?Handel? Broun? Ugh bugnutty idiots...Surely we can do better than a guy who refused to let the people vote on an issue for years because he knew it wouldnt go his way , a woman who nearly wrecked on of the most respected charities in the country and a guy who thinks science is a pack of lies from the pit of Hell . Georgia should be embarrassed by these idiots, not electing them to office
Sharon Swanepoel January 28, 2013 at 05:39 PM
Do you have any alternative suggestions Grant? Who would you recommend for this position, bearing in mind it has to be someone with wide enough appeal to be elected.
ToJo January 28, 2013 at 07:57 PM
I wish there was a Republican out there that had not sold their soul to the wing nuts of the party, but I am not hopeful one can be found. Roy Barnes would certainly be a great choice from the Democratic side, but I bet he is through trying to honorably serve the people of GA. Of the 3 mentioned, Purdue would be the least of the evils. I am tired of the least of evils.
Tammy Osier January 29, 2013 at 12:14 AM
I'd like to see someone new.
Dan Harrison January 29, 2013 at 07:38 PM
Westmoreland would be the best choice by far...he has such a strong loyal "grass-roots" support from so many folks who who know and like him that he would be hard to beat. I am one who would work very hard to see him elected. I have known him for over 24 years and know him to be a man of integrity, wisdom and courage. He is very likable and knows how to relate to working class folks....and that is something that many other candidates are sorely lacking.


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