Poll: Republican Kemp has less than two-point lead in Georgia governor's race

Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp (R) has a narrow lead against former Minority Leader of the Georgia House of Representatives Stacey Abrams (D) in the state’s gubernatorial race to replace retiring Gov. Nathan Deal (R).

Kemp has a 48-46.3 advantage over Abrams in a poll from Landmark Communications, Inc. released Monday, a difference that falls within the margin of error. About 2.3 percent of likely voters in the survey supported Libertarian candidate Ted Metz. 

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The survey follows a poll from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution/Channel 2 Action News last month that also showed a tight race with the difference in support between the candidates within the margin of error.

The election represents a battle of the bases after both Kemp and Stacey defeated more establishment candidates in Georgia’s primary earlier this year.

Kemp has tied himself closely to President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrumps light 97th annual National Christmas Tree Trump to hold campaign rally in Michigan 'Don't mess with Mama': Pelosi's daughter tweets support following press conference comments MORE, who endorsed him before the primary, and has released controversial ads touting hard-line positions on hot button issues. 

“I got a big truck just in case I need to round up criminal illegals and take them home myself. Yup, I just said that,” he says in one ad.

He also released an ad in which he points a gun at an actor playing a teenage boy with a romantic interest in one of his daughters. The video was criticized for being insensitive toward a trend of school shootings.

Abrams, on the other hand, has ingratiated herself with the progressive wing of the Democratic Party and gathered endorsements from groups such as MoveOn.org Political Action and Our Revolution.

She’s also gathered endorsements from more establishment candidates such as former Presidents Carter and Obama and former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenTrump to hold campaign rally in Michigan Castro hits fundraising threshold for December debate Buttigieg draws fresh scrutiny, attacks in sprint to Iowa MORE, with whom she will be campaigning on Thursday.

The Cook Political Report rates the race as a “toss up.”

Landmark Communications, Inc. surveyed 964 likely Georgia voters on October 1. The poll has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.2 percentage points.