An internal poll shows Georgia Rep. Doug Collins with a substantial lead in the Peach State’s GOP primary for U.S. Senate against Sen. Kelly Loeffler.
Collins, known for his outspoken defense of President Trump, cemented his reputation by leading the fight against impeachment as one of the House managers.
Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp (R) appointed Loeffler last December. One month later, she attended a closed-door briefing as a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee on the emerging COVID-19 outbreak. According to public financial transaction disclosures, she then dumped millions in stock, including shares in retail and travel companies, and bought shares in telecommuting software and Dupont, which manufactures medical supplies.
The reports have to lead to sharp criticism and allegations of insider trading by multiple United States senators. Loeffler has denied any wrongdoing.
The Hill’s John Bowden has more:
A Battleground Connect survey, which was conducted internally for the Collins campaign and first reported by Politico, revealed that 36 percent of likely voters support Collins, who has represented the 9th District in Georgia since 2013, for the Senate seat currently held by Loeffler, who was appointed by Gov. Brian Kemp (R) following the resignation of former Sen. Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.) late last year over health issues.
Loeffler, with 13 percent support in the poll, currently trails both Collins and a Democratic opponent, pastor Raphael Warnock of the Ebenezer Baptist Church, who registered support from 16 percent of voters.
Matt Lieberman, a Democrat and the son of former Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.), came in fourth place in the poll, sitting at 11 percent. No other candidate registered double-digit support in the survey.
The Battleground Connect survey contacted 1,035 likely voters between March 31 and April 1. The poll has a margin of error of 3.01 percentage points.