WSB poll: Handel has slight lead over Ossoff

Republican Karen Handel has built a slight lead over Democrat Jon Ossoff in a poll released Friday by WSB-TV in Georgia's nationally-watched 6th District runoff.

The poll, conducted by Landmark Communications, has Handel with a 49-46.5 percent advantage over Ossoff. That's within the 4 percent margin of error. Another 4.4 percent of voters are undecided.

Landmark Communications pollster Mark Rountree told WSB the findings shows Handel may be consolidating Republicans after bitter feuding between the 11 GOP candidates in the runup to the April 18 vote. It shows roughly 80 percent of Republicans back Handel.

“They’re now getting behind Handel in bigger numbers," Rountree said of Republicans. "And she has now taken the lead in the race. It’s a small lead, but she has taken a small lead."

There is cause for concern for Handel in the crosstabs, which show Ossoff has a 54-45 lead over Handel among female voters. It also finds that nearly 6 in 10 independents - a crucial voting bloc in Georgia that typically breaks for the GOP - backs Ossoff's campaign.

The poll surveyed 611 likely voters in the district, which spans from east Cobb to north DeKalb, and it's one of the first conducted since Handel and Ossoff landed in a June 20 runoff.

Read more about the poll here. See the crosstabs here:

More recent AJC coverage of the 6th District race:

How the 6th District went from red to purple

A 6th District rift over the House healthcare plan in Tom Price’s old turf

Sixth District TV ads are creating the news. No, really.

Ossoff takes aim at disgruntled Republicans in Georgia’s 6th

Update: Democrats celebrate 6th District voter registration ruling

Ahead of Georgia’s Sixth District contest, a May 16 test vote

Ossoff outlines $16B plan to slash ‘wasteful spending’

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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.