David Perdue, Kelly Loeffler Take 1 Point Lead Over Democratic Challengers in Georgia: Poll

Republican incumbent Georgia Senators David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler hold a one-point lead over Democratic candidates, Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock, according to a new poll.

The poll, which was conducted by InsiderAdvatnage/WAGA-TV, found 49 percent of respondents saying they'd vote for Perdue if the state's Senate runoff election were held today, while 48 percent chose Ossoff.

In the state's special election, the poll found Loeffler—who was appointed by Governor Brian Kemp to replace the vacancy left by Johnny Isakson when resigned prior to the end of his term—receiving 49 percent of support, while 48 percent sided with Warnock.

The poll surveyed 500 likely voters in Georgia on December 14 and reported a margin of error of plus or minus 4.4 percentage points.

While speaking to WAGA-TV News in Atlanta, Matt Towery, the founder of InsiderAdvantage, said that the poll shows "a statistical dead heat in Georgia."

"I think this poll is telling us where this race is. There is no room to spare here. It's just a matter of who hits the accelerator and gets their people out to the polls because as far as the numbers this is a dead-even race," Towery told WAGA.

When broken down by gender, the poll found both incumbent Republican senators receiving more support from men, while women sided with both Democrats.

According to the poll, 53 percent of men said they'd vote for Perdue, compared to 55 percent of women that chose Ossoff. Forty-one percent of women said they'd vote for Perdue, while 45 percent of men sided with Ossoff. 

In the state's special election, the poll found 55 percent of men supporting Loeffler and 54 percent of women choosing Warnock. Forty-one percent of men said they'd vote for Warnock and 44 percent of women sided with Loeffler.

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Sen. Kelly Loeffler (R-GA) speaks to supporters during a campaign stop at the Houston County Republican Party Campaign Headquarters on December 13, 2020 in Warner Robins, Georgia. Jessica McGowan/Getty

The poll's findings indicate a slight change in support for the candidates in the state's runoff election, as a previous survey found both Ossoff and Warnock ahead of their GOP counterparts.

This poll, which was conducted by Fabrizio Ward/Hart Research, found Ossoff leading Perdue by two points (48 to 46 percent) and Warnock ahead of Loeffler by just one point (47 to 46 percent).

Fabrizio Ward/Hart Research surveyed 1,250 potential Georgia runoff voters from November 30 to December 4 and reported a margin of error of plus or minus 3.8 percentage points.

The findings from the InsiderAdvatnage/WAGA-TV poll come less than thee weeks before the state's Senate runoff elections, which are scheduled to take place on January 5.

Newsweek reached out to the campaigns for Perdue, Ossoff, Loeffler and Warnock for comment but did not receive a response in time for publication.