Sanford Bishop Leads potential Georgia Democratic Candidates for Senate
Without Reed, Bishop Surges to front of pack of Democratic Candidates for US Senate Seat
Statewide Poll of Likely Democratic Primary Voters Pick Bishop, Baker and Cathy Cox
ATLANTA, February 6, 2013 – Likely Democratic Primary voters surveyed this weekend selected
Congressman Sanford Bishop, former Secretary of Education Cathy Cox and former Attorney General
Thurbert Baker as the favorite out of a field of seven potential Democratic candidates.
The survey included 1,411 responses from individuals who voted in at least two of the last four Democratic partisan
Primary elections. The field excluded Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed who, prior to the poll, stated that he
had not given the race any thought and has since withdrawn his name from consideration.
Lead pollster Fred Hicks said, “The Democratic field is slow to gel at this point, but there is a space for a
strong candidate to emerge. This is the second in a series of three surveys we are conducting this
quarter on the partisan Primary races.”
Congressman Bishop, who survived a tough General Election in 2010, has represented a voter rich
corridor outside of Atlanta for nearly 20 years. Slightly more than 16% (16.3%) of voters selected
Bishop, followed by former statewide elected officials Thurbert Baker and Cathy Cox who finished
second and third at 15.4% and 15% respectively.
“Open Senate seats are rare and this one presents a special opportunity. The emerging trend is that
Democratic Primary voters strongly prefer a proven winner to challenge for this seat. These voters are
saying that to win, you need a winner, not just someone who wants the seat” said Hicks.
The survey was conducted February 1st and 2nd. The poll was not commissioned by any candidate or
committee. For questions or comments, please contact Lee Raudonis at: 404-210-2652