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Majority of GA voters back raising minimum wage

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ATLANTA (AP) - Republicans politicians in Georgia are hostile to raising the minimum wage, but the state's electorate is not.

An exit poll conducted Tuesday by The Associated Press showed 57 percent of voters said they would favor raising the minimum wage, while 40 percent opposed. The poll had a margin of error of 5 percentage points.

That result is consistent with national opinion polling on the issue.

Georgia law sets the state minimum wage at $5.15 an hour, though most employers must at least pay the federal minimum wage of $7.25.

Republican Gov. Nathan Deal said Wednesday raising the minimum wage isn't part of his agenda. Democratic state lawmakers have previously proposed increasing the wage, but those bills have gone nowhere in the GOP-dominated General Assembly.

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