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  [GA] Poll finds Perdue, Cox dead even
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Last EditedArmyDem  Apr 27, 2005 01:30am
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News DateWednesday, April 27, 2005 07:00:00 AM UTC0:0
DescriptionGovernor's job approval dips to under 50 percent

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Published on: 04/27/05

As fund-raising begins in earnest for the 2006 governor's race, a new poll suggests Secretary of State Cathy Cox starts with a stronger chance of ousting Gov. Sonny Perdue than her Democratic rival, Lt. Gov. Mark Taylor.

In a Zogby International poll for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Cox was dead even with Perdue, Georgia's first Republican governor since Reconstruction. Perdue, meanwhile, was 12 percentage points ahead of Taylor in a head-to-head matchup.

The poll gave Cox a lead over Taylor among respondents who identified themselves as Democrats. Those two are expected to face off in the Democratic primary. Perdue so far has no announced Republican opposition. The poll of 501 likely voters was conducted Thursday and Friday.

The poll gives Perdue reason to pause, as well as to crow.

Just under half of respondents think the state is headed in the right direction. Political experts usually say incumbents need that figure to be above 50 percent — or at least heading up — to ensure re-election. In addition, about 48 percent think Perdue is doing a good or excellent job. Again, campaign strategists like to see that number over 50 percent.
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