Poll: Doug Collins leads among Georgia Republicans

Former Rep. Doug CollinsDouglas (Doug) Allen CollinsLoeffler meets with McConnell amid speculation of another Senate run Georgia agriculture commissioner launches Senate campaign against Warnock Poll shows tight GOP primary for Georgia governor MORE (R) would start a bid for a U.S. Senate seat ahead of three potential rivals, including the woman who bested him in November’s all-party primary, according to a new survey conducted by a Republican consulting firm.

Collins claims 35 percent support among Georgia Republican primary voters, according to the poll conducted by OnMessage Inc.

Former NFL and University of Georgia running back Herschel Walker takes 27 percent of the vote, former Sen. Kelly LoefflerKelly LoefflerSchumer, Tim Scott lead as Senate fundraising pace heats up Trump says Herschel Walker will enter Georgia Senate race WNBA announces zero COVID-19 positive tests, 99 percent fully vaccinated MORE (R) stands at 22 percent support, and Rep. Marjorie Taylor GreeneMarjorie Taylor GreeneGOP efforts to downplay danger of Capitol riot increase The Memo: What now for anti-Trump Republicans? Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene says she's meeting with Trump 'soon' in Florida MORE (R) would earn 7 percent of the vote if she were to run.

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In a head-to-head race, Collins leads Loeffler 55 percent to 36 percent. In November’s all-party primary, Loeffler finished with 26 percent of the vote, about 6 points ahead of Collins.

Loeffler lost the subsequent runoff against Sen. Raphael WarnockRaphael WarnockObamaCare 2.0 is a big funding deal Kaseya ransomware attack highlights cyber vulnerabilities of small businesses Lawmakers spend more on personal security in wake of insurrection MORE (D) by a 51 percent to 49 percent margin, a difference of about 95,000 votes.

OnMessage is not working for any of the candidates. Sen. Rick Scott (R-Fla.), who chairs the National Senatorial Campaign Committee, is one of the firm’s top clients.

The race is likely to be shaped substantially by former President TrumpDonald TrumpCuban embassy in Paris attacked by gasoline bombs Trump Jr. inches past DeSantis as most popular GOP figure in new poll: Axios Trump endorses Ken Paxton over George P. Bush in Texas attorney general race MORE, should he choose to get more involved.

From his club at Mar-a-Lago, Trump has encouraged Walker to make his first bid for elected office. Collins is a close Trump ally who defended the president during his first impeachment trial. Trump stayed neutral in the all-party primary, though Senate Republicans threw their support behind the appointed Loeffler.

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Ninety percent of Georgia Republican voters said they have a favorable impression of Trump, including 74 percent who see Trump very favorably.

Georgia is likely to be an epicenter of the political universe once again in 2022, as Warnock seeks a full term in a race that could determine the balance of power in the evenly divided United States Senate.

Trump is likely to weigh in on several other primary elections in the state; on Monday, he endorsed Rep. Jody HiceJody Brownlow HiceGeorgia secretary of state calls for Fulton County elections officials to be fired One-third of GOP candidates have embraced Trump election claims: report House Democrat: Republicans 'treating Capitol Police like shit' were 'the most scared' during riot MORE’s (R) bid to oust Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger (R), and he harbors negative feelings toward Gov. Brian KempBrian KempSavannah becomes first major city in Georgia to reinstate masks On The Money: Senate braces for nasty debt ceiling fight | Democrats pushing for changes to bipartisan deal | Housing prices hit new high in June Businesses contribute thousands to backers of Georgia election law after condemning it MORE (R), who is likely to draw his own primary challenger.

The OnMessage Inc. poll surveyed 600 likely Republican voters March 14-15. It carried a margin of error of plus or minus 4 percentage points.

 

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GA Primary Survey March 2021 by Lauren Vella on Scribd