Poll: Saxby Chambliss is vulnerable


Sen. Taxby Shambliss Saxby Chambliss (R-GA), one of a handful of Republicans who are thought to be facing a tough primary challenge in 2014 due to their willingness to break their no-tax pledge, may want to take a look at a new survey from Public Policy Polling.

While Chambliss leads most of his potential challengers, there is a number here that would scare any incumbent hoping to get past controversy (emphasis mine):

According to a survey from the Democratic-leaning Public Policing Polling (PPP) released Tuesday, just 38 percent of Republican primary voters want Chambliss to win the GOP nomination. Chambliss is up for reelection in 2014.

The biggest challenge to Chambliss, the poll found, would be one by Cain, who has said he would not run for Chambliss’s seat. PPP found Cain leading Chambliss 50 to 36 percent in a head-to-head match-up.

The poll also found Chambliss leads other contenders regularly mentioned as possible challengers. He leads Rep. Paul Broun (R-Ga.) 57 to 14 percent in a head-to-head match-up. Against Rep. Tom Price (R-Ga.), Chambliss is also the front-runner, leading 52 to 34 percent. Lastly, Chambliss leads former Georgia Secretary of State Karen Handel 52 to 23 percent.

According to Public Policy Polling, 43% of Republicans wants someone “more conservative.” Another red-flag for Chambliss is the fact that his approval rating is below 50%.

Cain, who ran for the GOP nominator for Senate in 2004 and president this year, will be starting a new radio show in January, and his experience in electoral politics has probably left a bitter taste in his mouth. The chances of him running are slim-to-none.

Handel’s numbers against Chambliss are actually a bit surprising. She ran for the Republican gubernatorial nomination in 2010, barely losing to Nathan Deal, who would later go on to win the race that fall. Her favorables are 30/22. Gender may have something to do with her not performing as well as Price.

Broun, who has been in the House since 2007, suffers from a lack of name ID and also controversial comments he recently made about evolution. As you can see, Price does better. He’s been in the House since 2005 and has been a strong voice for fiscal conservatism and on healthcare issues.

The word I’m hearing from many activists in Georgia and elsewhere is that they prefer Price and are ready to dump resources in the Peach State to help him win. They respect Broun, but feel that he can’t beat Chambliss.

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