How uncertain is the Republican race for Georgia lieutenant governor? A survey released this week by a conservative-leaning pollster shows it’s anything but settled.
The survey of GOP primary voters by Alabama-based Cygnal, which does not count any candidates among its clients, found more than two-thirds of respondents had not made up their minds about the contest to replace Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle.
Of those who had picked a candidate, state Sen. David Shafer led the field with 10 percent, followed by former state Rep. Geoff Duncan at 9 percent and ex-state Sen. Rick Jeffares at 6 percent. The Democratic side of the field, which includes businesswoman Sarah Riggs Amico, was not polled.
Shafer is the leading fundraiser and he has a trove of cash to spend to boost his name ID. But the poll suggests he and his rivals have plenty of work to do: At least 60 percent of respondents said they had never heard of any of the Republican contenders.
Among the other takeaways from the poll: A revived effort to pass a “religious liberty” bill would have strong support from GOP primary voters. About 62 percent said they’d back the idea.