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POLL: Ossoff leads Handel by less than 2 points


With just a few days to go before Georgia’s 6th Congressional District runoff, Democrat Jon Ossoff and Republican Karen Handel are still very, very close.

Our latest WSB-Landmark Communications poll of 800 likely voters has Ossoff leading Handel 49.7 percent to 48 percent.

The poll has just 2.3 percent of people saying they’re undecided. At this time last week, 3.3 percent said they were undecided.

With the poll's margin of error at nearly 3.5 percent, pollster Mark Rountree believes the race is still up for grabs.

"Ossoff has the lead. He's right at the edge of 50 percent. Handel is very close behind him, essentially a point and a half behind. So either candidate could win," Rountree said.

#BREAKING: NEW #GA06 poll has Jon @ossoff leading @karenhandel 49.7% to 48.0% (2.3% undecided & 3.46% margin of error) days before election pic.twitter.com/G9gjHEXsku

— WSB-TV (@wsbtv) June 16, 2017

As we know, the 6th District stretches from DeKalb County through North Fulton County and into Cobb County. President Donald Trump won this district in November, but not by much.

Now, the numbers show that while his name is not on the ballot, he's a factor in the race. 

The poll shows 91 percent of Ossoff voters have an unfavorable opinion of President Trump. On the flip side, 78 percent of Handel voters have a favorable opinion.

The 6th District election is sort of a referendum on the Trump presidency.

According to Rountree, early voting seems to favor Ossoff. Numbers seem to show Handel could do better on election day.

HANDEL RESPONSE

"It's about where we would've expected. It's a dead heat, neck and neck, and is all about turnout. We're working hard to get people to the polls," Handel said.

OSSOFF RESPONSE

"This race is neck and neck, and over the next four days our campaign is going to continue to work as hard as we ever have to ensure we don't send another career politician to Washington," Ossoff said.

On Election Day, count on WSBTV.com and Channel 2 Action News for coverage throughout the day. We’ll be with both candidates and have live, real-time results as they come in.

CLICK HERE for complete coverage of the 6th District runoff!


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