NRCC poll finds McBath ahead of Handel in Georgia

NRCC poll finds McBath ahead of Handel in Georgia
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A new internal poll from the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) shows incumbent Rep. Lucy McBathLucia (Lucy) Kay McBathThis week: House returns for pre-election sprint House Democrats' campaign arm reserves .6M in ads in competitive districts Black Lives Matter movement to play elevated role at convention MORE (D-Ga.) with a narrow lead over former Rep. Karen HandelKaren Christine HandelHouse Democrats' campaign arm reserves .6M in ads in competitive districts Black Lives Matter movement to play elevated role at convention QAnon backer Marjorie Taylor Greene wins Georgia GOP runoff MORE (R-Ga.) in the race for Georgia's 6th Congressional District. 

Forty-eight percent of respondents said they backed McBath, while 46 percent voiced their support for Handel, according to a polling memo from the committee

The same survey also showed McBath with a 41 percent favorable rating and a 28 percent unfavorable rating. Eleven percent said they had no opinion, while 20 percent said they had never heard of the congresswoman. The memo did not note Handel's favorability ratings. 

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The district is one of 30 that went for President TrumpDonald John TrumpFederal prosecutor speaks out, says Barr 'has brought shame' on Justice Dept. Former Pence aide: White House staffers discussed Trump refusing to leave office Progressive group buys domain name of Trump's No. 1 Supreme Court pick MORE in the 2016 general election but flipped for Democrats in the 2018 midterm elections. McBath defeated Handel, who held the seat previously, in 2018, winning 50.5 percent to 49.5 percent. 

However, Trump's margin of victory in the district was slimmer in 2016 than past GOP presidential candidates. Trump won by 1.5 points, while 2012 GOP nominee Sen. Mitt RomneyWillard (Mitt) Mitt RomneyCrenshaw looms large as Democrats look to flip Texas House seat The Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by Facebook - Republicans lawmakers rebuke Trump on election Trump dumbfounds GOP with latest unforced error MORE (R-Utah) won by 23.3 points. Sen. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainCrenshaw looms large as Democrats look to flip Texas House seat Analysis: Biden victory, Democratic sweep would bring biggest boost to economy The Memo: Trump's strengths complicate election picture MORE (R-Ariz.) won by 18.9 points in 2008. 

Polling in the race has been scarce, but the nonpartisan Cook Political Report rates the race as "lean Democratic," while RealClearPolitics rates the contest a "toss up." 

The NRCC poll was conducted July 26-28 among 400 registered voters in Georgia's 6th Congressional District. The margin of error is plus or minus 4.9 percentage points.