Democratic candidate Raphael Warnock leads the field for the special election to the Senate in Georgia in a Quinnipiac poll published Tuesday.
The poll found that Warnock was 31 percent ahead of Sen. Kelly LoefflerKelly LoefflerDemocrats are putting pressure on Lieberman to step out of the Georgia Senate race. The Hill’s Campaign Report: Biden on Trump: “He̵
The poll comes as Lieberman faced increased pressure to get out of the Democrats fearing that a split vote would guarantee a GOP victory and potentially make the difference in which party the Senate controls.
Both former gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams and former President Obama have endorsed Warnock, senior pastor of Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta. While Obama didn’t ask Lieberman to end the race, Abrams specifically urged him to get out last week.
“I think Matt is a good person, but he’s not the right candidate. I think the best outcome for everyone is for Matt to step down and realize that Rev. Warnock is the right candidate for the state of Georgia, ”Abrams told reporters. “We need Matt Lieberman to understand that he is not called to this moment.”
Lieberman said he would not respond to the pressure and told The Hill last week: “The citizens of Georgia are good at making decisions about who will be their next senator. You don’t need a handful of people in Washington or Atlanta to make choices for you. “
If no candidate in the race wins a simple majority in November, the top two drivers will advance to a runoff in January. Regardless, Senator David Perdue (R) is in a close race for re-election with Democrat Jon Ossoff. Tuesday’s poll shows the two are statistically the same, with Ossoff supporting 49 percent and Perdue supporting 48 percent.
Respondents polled 1,125 likely Georgian voters from September 23-27. It has an error rate of 2.9 points.