New poll has both statistically tied at 46% each. There are two debates this weekend between the GOP nominees which could very well swing the election.

Geographically, Handel carries South Georgia. Deal gets North Georgia. The metro Atlanta area is split which represents the area that Handel previously dominated.

What caused the drop? Probably the negative campaigning. Sometimes it backfires, and Handel has been 100% negative since winning the runoff. She has campaigned like she was swinging for the fences and needing a knockout blow (yeah, two dualing sports metaphors, I know). As a front-runner, she shouldn’t have gone that route.

Deal has appeared more statesman-like while Handel has appeared desperate for votes and it should have been the exact opposite.