Democrat Michelle Nunn is leading Republican David Perdue in Georgia’s hotly-contested Senate race, according to a new poll.

The poll, conducted by Landmark Communications, finds Nunn leading Perdue by a 47 to 40 percent margin.

The finding contrasts other recent polls that have shown Nunn trailing Perdue in a race that has drawn national attention because of its implications in the battle for control of the Senate, and both candidates' familial ties.

Nunn is the daughter of former Sen. Sam Nunn (D-Ga.). Perdue is the cousin of former Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue (R).

Democrats are hoping a combination of the Nunn family’s history in the state and changing demographics can reverse a strong Republican trend that has dominated the Peach State for the better part of a decade.

Republicans argue that Georgia’s demographics have not changed enough yet for the state to be truly competitive.

Neither Nunn nor Perdue have held elected office before.

Purdue is a businessman and Nunn is most famous for her association with the Points of Light Foundation that was started by former President George H. W. Bush. 

In a statement Saturday, the Georgia Republican Party slammed Landmark's poll of the Senate race as an "outlier" "with questionable methodology and flawed sampling."

"The same polling company that had Congressman Jack Kingston up 7 points leading into the Republican Primary Run-Off is wrong again," the statement read.