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Poll: Georgia Primary a Dead Heat

August 15, 2002

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ATLANTA (AP) _ With less than a week before the Republican primary, a poll released Thursday shows the race between Reps. Bob Barr and John Linder is too close to call.

Forty-five percent of 400 likely GOP voters surveyed favored Barr, compared with 42 percent for Linder. Thirteen percent were undecided.

Barr’s lead was within the margin of error _ plus or minus 5 percentage points _ in the Mason-Dixon poll.

``It’s a dead heat,″ University of Georgia political scientist Charles Bullock said.

Linder and Barr, who have represented north Georgia districts since 1992 and 1994 respectively, are locked in a primary duel because of redistricting caused by state population changes.

Linder previously represented about 34 percent of the new 7th District. Barr had about 18 percent of it.

Barr called the poll ``a welcome boost,″ while Linder campaign manager Bo Harmon said internal polls showed his candidate has a ``comfortable lead.″

Barr, a former federal prosecutor, was an impeachment manager against former President Clinton. Linder is a policy expert and a member of the powerful but largely anonymous Rules Committee.

The poll was commissioned by the Gwinnett Daily Post and the Chattanooga (Tenn.) Times Free Press.

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