A deeper dive into the crosstabs shows why: She led the field among both white and black voters. She tallied nearly 40 percent support of voters 65 and older – the most likely bloc to vote. And she held a slim majority of Republican voters, along with nearly a quarter of Democrats and independents.
She even leads the pack among voters who say they’re either “very liberal” or “very conservative.”
Norwood’s top critics – Aman has been one of the more aggressive – hope to take the wind out of her sails ahead of the November vote. His campaign sent out a memo arguing that he is “just starting to emerge” thanks to a new marketing push and strong fundraising. He reported the most cash-on-hand of any candidates.
Other contenders are planning elbows-out campaigns for that No. 2 spot by plunking each other. Mitchell and Bottoms are neck-and-neck for second place among black voters and those older than 50. Hall is tied with Norwood in the younger set – voters 18-34 – and Fort and Woolard are in striking distance.
A final note: Of the one-fifth of voters who are undecided, a majority defines themselves as middle-of-the-road – ranging from somewhat conservative to somewhat liberal - on the political spectrum.