WSB-TV poll: Donald Trump surges in Georgia ahead of RedState Gathering

Donald Trump has some good news to welcome him to Atlanta this weekend.

Our colleagues over at WSB-TV released a poll Thursday showing that more than a third of Georgia Republican voters back The Donald, who will be headlining a Saturday rally at the RedState Gathering.

The survey of 600 Georgia Republican voters by Landmark/Rosetta Stone had former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush at 12 percent and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker just above 10 percent.

Trump, who got 34 percent in this week's poll,  wasn't even included in the May survey by Channel 2 Action News, but it appears that his success comes at the expense of two who had been Georgia favorites.

Mike Huckabee, who won Georgia's 2008 primary, led the 2016 GOP presidential field in that May survey, with 18 percent. He now stands at 8 percent.

Neurosurgeon Ben Carson, too, has dropped in the estimations of Georgia Republicans. In May, he registered at 15 percent. In this latest poll, his Georgia support has been sliced in half.

You can find the most recent cross-tabs here.

The poll shows Trump performing strongly with voters under 40 and those who live outside the metro Atlanta area. Bush, meanwhile, found support in the 65-and-older set and voters who live in the city.

About 8 percent were undecided, and the margin of error is 4 percent.

The results largely mirror recent polls elsewhere that show Trump's support rising ahead of tonight's first GOP presidential debates.

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A separate poll of 600 Georgia Democrats showed solid support for front-runner Hillary Clinton, who had the backing of about 56 percent of Democrats polled. Vice President Joe Biden received 18 percent, and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders stood at 11 percent. Ex-Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley barely registered in the results, and 12 percent were undecided.

Clinton's support was fueled by women and minorities, while Biden fared well with folks living outside Atlanta. Here's the breakdown of  the Democratic poll.

Check out the rest of our recent RedState stories:

Everything you need to know about the RedState Gathering

How the Georgia convention eclipses Iowa (for at least a weekend)

Donald Trump's RedState arrival is a reminder of an earlier Atlanta misfire

Why Gov. Nathan Deal is skipping the event

Your guide to who’s coming to the RedState convention.

The talk jock behind the Atlanta convention.

More AJC coverage of the RedState Gathering.

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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.
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