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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 McBathLawmakers brace for battles with colleagues as redistricting kicks off On The Trail: Census data kicks off the biggest redistricting fight in American history Giffords group unveils gun violence memorial on National Mall MORE (D-Ga.) with a narrow lead over former Rep. Karen HandelKaren Christine HandelOssoff defeats Perdue in Georgia Senate runoff McBath wins rematch against Handel in Georgia House race House Democrats' campaign arm reserves .6M in ads in competitive districts 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 TrumpDemocrats, activists blast reported Trump DOJ effort to get journalists' phone records Arizona secretary of state gets security detail over death threats surrounding election audit Trump admin got phone records of WaPo reporters covering Russia probe: report 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 RomneyThe American Rescue Plan was a step toward universal basic income Cheney drama exposes GOP's Trump rifts The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by ExxonMobil - Florida's restrictive voting bill signed into law MORE (R-Utah) won by 23.3 points. Sen. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainEx-McSally aide pleads guilty to stealing over 0K in campaign funds DOJ: Arizona recount could violate civil rights laws Cheney fight stokes cries of GOP double standard for women 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.