A bad tweet by President Donald Trump could cost Republican U.S. Rep. Tom Price’s Georgia district seat in a special election next year, according to the latest national polls.
A new CNN/ORC poll released Thursday shows Trump’s comments about the state’s economic outlook could have cost Price his bid to replace Democratic Sen. Johnny Isakson in the 10th District.
A combined total of 44 percent of voters say they would vote for Isakons Republican opponent, according a survey conducted by the Public Religion Research Institute, which is affiliated with the American Conservative Union.
Trump tweeted Monday that Georgia is “going to lose jobs” as a result of a proposed tax increase and that the state would lose the “job creators” of the U.s. economy.
The president also said the state “can’t afford to lose the good people of Georgia.”
But Price, a Democrat, said the president was just being “misleading” the public and that “people of Georgia have done a fantastic job.”
The president tweeted later that day that Georgia would be “rebuilding.”
The poll, conducted from Feb. 17-20, found Isakison with 42 percent support among likely voters.
Isakon was followed by Democratic candidate David Price, who was up one point at 35 percent, and Republican Jon Ossoff, who had 13 percent support.
The results were among the most dramatic in the poll, which has consistently shown Trump ahead in the district in recent weeks.
In January, a Quinnipiac University poll found Trump up by 3 percentage points in the Atlanta-area district, which includes parts of metro Atlanta and suburban Cobb County.
Trump’s latest tweet came after the president tweeted Monday afternoon that Georgia “will lose jobs.”
The president’s tweets, he said, “may be bad for our economy but will also hurt Georgia’s competitiveness and the country’s.”
The new poll found the president’s comments would have cost IsakSON.
The poll found 53 percent of respondents said they would support a tax increase on the wealthiest Americans.
And only 39 percent said they supported a tax hike on the middle class.
The poll also found OssoFF, who has been trying to win support for himself, with 38 percent support, while Price, the former congressman from the district, has 21 percent support and OssoFeds is up six points at 18 percent.
The survey was conducted by landline and cellphone phone from Feb 13-17 among a random national sample of 1,065 adults.
The polling company said the margin of error is plus or minus 3 percentage point.
The Georgia Republican Party released a statement Thursday saying it “rejects and rejects the notion that the president is misleading the public.
Our candidates will continue to focus on jobs and economic opportunity for Georgia.”
The Georgia Democratic Party said it will “fight to defend Georgia’s middle class and working families.”
The AP-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research surveyed 1,000 likely voters nationwide from Feb 12-18, surveying 462 likely voters, including 818 Democrats and 819 Republicans.
The margin of sampling error is 3.5 percentage points.
The AP and Reuters Democratic and Republican presidential candidates campaigns contributed to this report.