Brian Kemp holds a 38-point lead over David Perdue

Gov. Brian Kemp has a 38-point lead over former Sen. David Perdue in the Republican primary race for governor in Georgia, according to a new poll.

The poll, conducted by ARW Strategies from April 30 to May 1, found Kemp with 59.4% support compared to Perdue’s 21.5% support with about three weeks until the May 24 primary. Eleven percent of respondents said they were undecided about the race, and three other candidates received single-digit support.

The poll shows Kemp with his widest lead yet against Perdue, who launched a bid to unseat the governor in December and quickly received backing from former President Donald Trump.

The poll, though conducted by a lesser-known firm, bolsters other recent surveys that have indicated Kemp could reach or exceed 50% in the primary and thus avoid a run-off scenario.

A runoff race could be costly and possibly bring back the momentum toward Perdue, as well as consume four weeks of general election that would be valuable for Republicans in their next race against undisputed Democratic gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams.

The gubernatorial primary has drawn national attention due to Trump’s outspoken criticism of Kemp, whom he frequently calls a ‘RINO’ and invested heavily in impeachment over Trump’s grievances over the election process of 2020 in Georgia.

The president has rallied and raised money for Perdue, and just this week – in a tele-rally – warned that the Georgia Republicans’ favorite candidate for the US Senate, the former star of football Herschel Walker, could face additional challenges in his race against incumbent Democrat Sen. Raphael Warnock is expected to be the gubernatorial candidate.

“One of the issues is also that if Brian Kemp comes in, I think it’s going to be very, very difficult for Herschel Walker to win,” Trump said, according to a summary of the event by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “Because I don’t believe Republicans are going to vote for Brian Kemp. And if they don’t vote for Brian Kemp, they can’t vote for Herschel Walker.

The ARW poll also tested Walker in his primary race and found him leading his closest opponent by nearly 50 points, an outsized lead that Walker held throughout the primary.

The poll was conducted among 600 likely primary voters and had a margin of error of plus or minus four percent.

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