October 28, 2016 - In a new poll released today by Quinnipiac University, Jim Barksdale has a 47-46 among early voters in Georgia. Moreover, since the last Quinnipiac poll in September, the Barksdale campaign has quickly closed the polling gap by 7 points against a fading Senator Isakson. The momentum follows a successful reset and staffing moves by the Barksdale campaign in late September that has seen him traveling all over Georgia on listening tours and besting Senator Isakson in the election’s only debate.
While Isakson still holds the lead in a head-to-head match-up, the poll did not include Libertarian candidate Allen Buckley, who polled at 11 points in the latest AJC poll, yet another indication that Georgia voters reject Senator Isakson’s special interest agenda. With Mr. Buckley factored into the poll, it’s clear that Johnny Isakson will fail to cross the “50%+1” threshold on November 8th required to avoid a run-off.
“I’m so proud of this campaign. Over the past month, we have out-worked Senator Isakson at every turn and taken our message of change in Washington to all corners of Georgia,” said Jim Barksdale, the Democratic candidate for US Senate. “With two more weeks to go in this race, I feel more confident than ever that we’re on the path to victory.”
This is the latest poll to show the race getting tighter in the home stretch as Jim picks up momentum and Senator Isakson loses ground. A head-to-head poll released last week by Washington Post/Survey Monkey, showed the race at its tightest yet at 50-46 in favor of Senator Isakson.