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WSB-TV poll: Georgia presidential election is too close to call

Donald Trump is clinging to a two-point lead over Hillary Clinton in Georgia in the final days of the presidential election, according to a WSB-TV poll released on Friday.

The poll conducted by Landmark/Rosetta Stone found Trump leading Clinton 48-46, which is within the 3 point margin of error. Libertarian Gary Johnson is polling at 4 percent, far less than some other recent polls, and just 2 percent of voters remain undecided.

"We are seeing less volatility or movement in Georgia than is being seen elsewhere," said pollster Mark Rountree. "Trump has consistently led Georgia by a few points all year, except for a short-term tie right after the Democratic National Convention."

An Atlanta Journal-Constitution poll released on Oct. 24 also had the race in a statistic tie, with Trump leading Clinton by 2 percentage points.

The WSB poll found that U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson was on the cusp of avoiding a runoff in his bid for a third term with 49.6 percent of the vote. Democrat Jim Barksdale hovered around 40 percent and Libertarian Allen Buckley was at 5 percent. About 6 percent of voters said they hadn't made up their minds.

Both Buckley and Johnson polled closer to double-digits in other recent surveys, and Friday's poll could be an indication that some Libertarian supporters are fleeing to other candidates as the race tightens.

Gov. Nathan Deal's top second-term initiative, the Opportunity School District plan, looks to be in trouble in the closing stretch. WSB's poll found that the proposal, which would empower the state to take control of perennially struggling schools, is losing 58-29. The AJC poll and several other recent surveys also showed the plan, also known as Amendment 1, failing by a wide margin.

Landmark/Rosetta Stone conducted its poll of 1,000 likely Georgia voters, and the margin of error was 3.1 percent.

Read the full WSB story here.

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Greg Bluestein is a political reporter who covers the governor's office and state politics for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.