A new poll of Georgia voters finds Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton nearly tied in a general election matchup.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution poll shows Trump with a 4-point lead over Clinton, 45 percent to 41 percent, which is within the poll’s 4.26 percentage point margin of error.
The sentiments expressed by independents further contribute to the statistical tie between the two presumptive nominees. Independents in Georgia were evenly split between the two candidates, with 13 percent saying they were undecided or don’t support either candidate.
Mirroring several recent polls, Bernie Sanders polled higher than Clinton in a general election meeting with Trump. Sanders — now a long shot to become the Democratic nominee — bests Trump 47 percent to 42 percent in a hypothetical contest. Sanders also had the highest favorability rating (47 percent), compared with 40 percent for Trump and 31 percent for Clinton.
The last Democrat to carry Georgia was Bill Clinton in 1992, when he beat incumbent George H.W. Bush by less than 15,000 votes; in 1996, Clinton lost the state by about 27,000 votes. Barack Obama never came within 200,000 votes either time.
The poll was conducted May 9-12, and surveyed 822 registered voters in Georgia.