AJC poll: GOP’s lieutenant gov race up for grabs less than a month before vote

Four Republican hopefuls are running to be the state's next lieutenant governor, from left: Burt Jones, Mack McGregor, Butch Miller and Jeanne Seaver. Submitted photos.

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Four Republican hopefuls are running to be the state's next lieutenant governor, from left: Burt Jones, Mack McGregor, Butch Miller and Jeanne Seaver. Submitted photos.

More than half of likely Republican voters in Georgia say they have not yet decided who they will support for lieutenant governor, according to a poll by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

That leaves the four Republican candidates vying to be the next lieutenant governor about a month to make their cases to the 52% of voters who are undecided.

State Sen. Burt Jones led the poll, pulling in about 27% of the vote. Senate President Pro Tem Butch Miller secured about 14%. First-time candidate Mack McGregor and GOP activist Jeanne Seaver finished third and fourth in the poll, receiving support from about 6% and 2% of respondents, respectively.

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The poll was conducted April 10-22 by the University of Georgia’s School of Public and International Affairs and involved 886 likely Republican primary voters. The margin of error is 3.3 percentage points.

Jones, a Jackson businessman who has been endorsed by former President Donald Trump, received more support than his opponents in nearly every demographic in the poll. Miller, a car dealer who lives in Flowery Branch, fared best with voters who identified as independent and moderate.

The winner of the GOP primary will take on Libertarian candidate Ryan Graham and the winner of a nine-way Democratic primary.

The candidates are vying for the job being vacated by Republican Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan, who is not seeking another term.


AJC Republican primary poll

The poll was conducted April 10-22 for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution by the University of Georgia’s School of Public and International Affairs. It questioned 886 likely Republican primary voters and has a margin of error of 3.3 percentage points.

If the election to choose a Republican candidate for lieutenant governor were being held today, for whom would you vote?

Burt Jones — 27%

Butch Miller — 14%

Mack McGregor — 6%

Jeanne Seaver — 2%

Undecided — 52%

Poll information: The survey was administered by the School of Public and International Affairs Survey Research Center at the University of Georgia. The AJC-SPIA Poll was conducted April 10-22 and included a total of 886 likely Republican primary voters in Georgia. The calculated margin of error for the total sample is +/-3.3 percentage points at the 95% confidence level. Some totals may not equal 100% because of rounding.