Herman Cain, Kasim Reed Lead Early Polls For Georgia U.S. Senate Race
Only days after Georgia Republican U.S. Senator Saxby Chambliss announced his retirement, a few names are already floating to the top of the list of future replacements. Among them are former Ga. Governor Sonny Perdue, former presidential hopeful Herman Cain, and current Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed.
According to a GaPundit.com poll, 22 percent of Republicans would like to see former Gov. Sonny Perdue take Chambliss’ seat in the Senate, with former Georgia secretary of state coming in second. An HEG On-Target Solutions and Apache Political poll found that nearly 40 percent of voters would likely support former businessman Herman Cain in the race.
Among Democrats, however, Kasim Reed has a strong lead, according to local Atlanta news magazine Creative Loafing:
Democrats, however, say they’re more likely to vote for Mayor Kasim Reed, were he to jump into what’s sure to be a crowded pack of candidates. The well-connected former state lawmaker turned city’s chief executive was selected by more than 25 percent of the respondents over former Georgia Labor Commissioner Michael Thurmond and Congressman John Barrow, D-Augusta, among others. More than 20 percent of the survey’s 1,234 respondents were unsure who’d earn their vote.
Reed has not expressed a desire to run for the seat, but he has many wondering whether he would consider stepping down from his post as mayor to run for another seat. Reed’s bid for mayor was a hard fought race which was decided by a razor thin margin. He would be taking a huge risk if he ran for the Chambliss’ open seat, but if he ran and won, it would be groundbreaking.
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