And they show his popularity has far surpassed Trump, who has strong support from Republicans but abysmal backing from Democrats and independents.
The numbers suggest Deal could play a pivotal part in November’s race between Democrat Stacey Abrams and Republican Brian Kemp – if he chooses to do so.
That's a complicated question. Deal gave Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle his tepid endorsement a week before the runoff – and then was promptly overwhelmed by President Donald Trump's surprise tweet embracing Kemp. That Trump move, we learned later, came at the behest of former Gov. Sonny Perdue.
Deal vouched for Kemp at a rally shortly after the runoff, giving the secretary of state his full-throated support. But he's since had little public role since then in his campaign for governor – and has resisted chances to criticize Abrams.
Kemp, meanwhile, has wasted no time in cozying up to Deal, invoking his pro-business initiatives at every turn. And Abrams, too, has warm words for the governor – chastising his refusal to expand the Medicaid program but praising his criminal justice overhaul and “religious liberty” veto.
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