Senate President Pro Tem David Shafer, R-Duluth.
Photo: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Photo: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

A private poll suggests race for Georgia’s No. 2 job is way unsettled 

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.

The January 20th, 2018 edition of Georgia Legislative Week in Review with Mark Neisse, Maya Prabhu and the Phrase of the Week by James Salzer. Video by Bob Andres /

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. 

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Greg Bluestein
Greg Bluestein
Greg Bluestein is a political reporter who covers the governor's office and state politics for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.