Stacey Abrams Trails Brian Kemp in Georgia Poll, Despite Spending Advantage

Georgia Republican Governor Brian Kemp enjoys a five-point lead over Democratic challenger Stacey Abrams in this year's Georgia gubernatorial election, according to a poll conducted for his campaign.

A Cygnal poll commissioned by the Kemp campaign showed that, despite the fact that Abrams has enjoyed a significant spending advantage in the campaign, the governor had a 50-45 percent lead over Abrams as they prepare for a rematch of their 2018 race.

Earlier this month, the Abrams campaign announced that the campaign and the associated One Georgia committee had raised a combined $22 million in May and June and had a combined $18.5 million cash on hand.

In contrast, the Kemp campaign and its associated Georgians First Committee raised $6.8 million over the same period, while the governor's campaign said it had $6.4 million cash on hand.

Kemp has raised a total of more than $31 million but Abrams has raised $49 million.

The Cygnal poll was conducted from July 5 to 7 among 1,200 likely general election voters and had a margin of error of +/-2.6 percent.

Cygnal's survey also showed that Kemp appears to be performing well with Hispanic voters, with the support of 60 percent of Hispanic women aged 50 and older, while 57 percent of Hispanic men aged between 35 and 64 support the governor.

The poll also noted that African-Americans "are not a homogenous voter block for Abrams" and found that a quarter of African Americans aged under 35 supported Kemp, while around 10 percent of African American men over 35 also expressed support for him.

Cygnal's figures showed that a majority of respondents had an unfavorable view of President Joe Biden, with 58 viewing the president unfavorably and just 40 percent having a favorable view of him.

Newsweek has reached out to the Abrams campaign for comment.

This is the latest poll that has shown Kemp leading Abrams in the race for governor in what has long been considered a deep red state, despite recent Democratic victories in federal elections.

A Fabrizio, Lee & Associates/Impact Research conducted from July 5 to 11 among 500 likely voters found that Kemp enjoyed 52 percent support to Abrams 45 percent - a lead of seven points.

A separate Data for Progress poll conducted from July 1 to 6 among 1,131 likely voters found Kemp had an even more substantial, nine-point lead. The governor had 53 percent support to Abrams' 44 percent in that survey.

Kemp had a seven-point lead in a poll carried out for Republican Senate candidate Herschel Walker's campaign by Moore Information from June 11 to 16 among 800 likely general election voters.

That poll showed Kemp with 51 percent support compared to 44 percent for the Democrat.

Kemp and Abrams are facing each other in a gubernatorial race for the second time. The Republican narrowly defeated Abrams in 2018, winning 50.2 percent of the vote in 2018 to the Democrat's 48.8 percent.

Abrams acknowledged that Kemp had won the race but she did not concede and cited allegations of voter suppression in the state and has continued to defend her position.

Democrats recorded upset wins in Georgia in 2020 and 2021. President Joe Biden scored a narrow victory over former President Donald Trump in the November presidential election, while Georgia voters elected two Democratic senators in January 2021.

One of those senators, Raphael Warnock, is facing a tough re-election fight against Walker, a former football star, in this year's midterms.

Brian Kemp and Stacey Abrams
In this combination image, Republican gubernatorial candidate Gov. Brian Kemp speaks during his primary night election party at the Chick-fil-A College Football Hall of Fame on May 24, 2022 in Atlanta and Georgia gubernatorial Democratic candidate Stacey Abrams speaks during a campaign rally on March 14, 2022 in Atlanta, Georgia. A new poll shows Kemp leading Abrams by five points. Getty