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Quinnipiac poll: Donald Trump leads Hillary Clinton, 44 to 43 percent in Georgia

His visit comes on the heels of a Wednesday trip to the state by two other Trump siblings, Ivanka and Tiffany. And there's no secret what's at work. An AJC poll last week showed Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump leading Democrat Hillary Clinton by three points -- a statistical tie.

A Quinipiac University poll of potential swing states, released Thursday,  shows the contest even tighter. From the press release:

Democrat Hillary Clinton wipes out Republican Donald Trump's leads in Georgia and Iowa, where the two are tied among likely voters. She has a slight edge in North Carolina and is pounding Trump in Virginia, according to a Quinnipiac University Swing State Poll….

Margin of error is set at 3.7 percent. The Georgia numbers:

Trump at 44 percent to Clinton’s 43 percent, with 8 percent for Libertarian Party candidate Gary Johnson. This compares to a 47 – 40 percent Trump lead September 22…

You can download the crosstabs here. More:

Clinton leads 48 – 42 percent among Georgia early voters.


Georgia likely voters have negative opinions of both Clinton and Trump, with Clinton at a negative 40 – 55 percent favorability rating and Trump at a negative 38 – 55 percent.


In the four-way race, men back Trump 49 – 39 percent, as women back Clinton 47 – 39 percent. White voters back Trump 65 – 23 percent, while non-white voters back Clinton 77 – 9 percent.


Trump takes Republicans 86 – 7 percent while Democrats go to Clinton 93 – 3 percent. Independent voters are divided with 40 percent for Clinton, 38 percent for Trump and 15 percent for Johnson.


“As in all the states surveyed by Quinnipiac University, negative favorability ratings dog both candidates. While Hillary Clinton has a slight lead among early voters, this race looks like it will come down to the wire,” said Tim Malloy, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Poll.



Insider Advantage reports that 5 Seasons Brewing in Marietta has named a “special edition” Indian Pale Ale after state Sen. Hunter Hill “who has helped them and other local breweries attempt to break free from regulations that have rendered them noncompetitive with surrounding states.”

It also helps to have a name that sounds like a pretty decent beer: Hunter Hill. Really? You can almost picture the label.


Always pay attention when political figures venture into new neighborhoods. The press release from the Democratic Party of Georgia:

Congressman Hank Johnson, alongside Gwinnett State House and County Democratic candidates, will host a rally this Saturday, October 29th, to encourage the citizens of Gwinnett County to make their voices heard by voting up and down the ballot in the upcoming election. The rally will allow the candidates to articulate their values and stress the importance of voting early, which they will then demonstrate by traveling as a group to the Board of Elections early voting location and casting their ballots.

**Transportation to the polls will be provided.


In last week’s sole U.S. Senate debate, Democrat Jim Barksdale brought up the topic of Republican incumbent Johnny Isakson’s dad and his company, Northside Realty, and its role in white-flight Atlanta during the ‘60s and ‘early ‘70s.

Now Isakson's campaign plans to feature U.S. Sen. Tim Scott on Saturday – the first African-American Republican to be elected to Congress from the South since Reconstruction. We're told this was planned far in advance.


U.S. Sen. David Perdue isn’t the only Georgia Republican venturing beyond the Peach State to bolster his GOP colleagues ahead of the election.

We see that Gainesville Congressman Doug Collins also hit the road this week to stump for GOP allies in Florida, Nebraska and California.


We at Political Insider like to stay impartial regarding our politicians. But when it comes to rappers, 2 Chainz is one of our favorites. The man authored a cookbook (!), has several chart-topping albums to his name and is even featured as a protagonist in his own video game.

Now we're getting word that the College Park native will be with Pastor Raphael Warnock of the Ebenezer Baptist Church, pastor and several civil organizations in Atlanta on Sunday as part out 'souls to the polls.'

Buses are planning to transport more than 300 people to the polls for early voting, with a main focus of turning out people of color. There will also be a press conference and cookout. Our only question: Will 2 Chainz be manning the grill?

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Tamar Hallerman is The Atlanta Journal-Constitution's Washington correspondent, covering Congress, federal agencies and other government activities that impact Georgia.