The winner of the GOP nomination for Georgia’s open U.S. Senate seat touts himself as a political outsider. But businessman David Perdue now needs the political know-how and network of career politicians to beat Democrat Michelle Nunn in the general election.
In a political upset, Congressman Jack Kingston lost the GOP nomination for U.S. Senate Tuesday night to millionaire businessman David Perdue. The Savannah representative gave up the seat he’s held in Congress for 22 years to run for U.S. Senate in a bid to help the GOP win back control of that chamber. What’s more, he won the backing of nearly all prominent Republicans in Georgia. But it wasn’t enough to stem a tide of anti-Washington fervor that’s tarred Republicans as much as Democrats. Kingston said the race is about more than who represents Georgia in the Senate.
Businessman David Perdue has defeated longtime Rep. Jack Kingston in a Republican runoff for Georgia's U.S. Senate nomination, setting up a general election matchup against Democrat Michelle Nunn. On Tuesday night, unofficial returns showed Perdue with a lead of more than 6,000 votes, with about 93 percent of precincts reporting. Perdue is a former corporate CEO making his first bid for public office. He campaigned as an outsider and called Kingston a career politician who has done little to solve the nation's problems.
The Democratic Primary for Michelle Nunn was largely a formality. She defeated three lesser-known opponents. Nonetheless, the moment was a milestone – and not just for Nunn. As she took the stage that night, her supporters pointed to the fact that Georgia currently has no female representation in Washington. Emily Pelton from Atlanta is one of those supporters. Pelton believes that Michelle Nunn is the candidate many Georgians - especially women - have been waiting for. But not just because she’s a woman.
A new David Perdue ad depicts Congressman Jack Kingston as just another career politician who’s lost his conservative credentials after too many years in Washington. “They arrive with good intentions. So what happened to Jack Kingston?” starts the 30-second TV spot. The two are waging an aggressive battle against each other for the GOP nomination for U.S. Senate. In the ad, Perdue takes aim at Kingston for voting to raise the debt ceiling and his own pay. But he largely blames Washington for leading his opponent astray.
Michelle Nunn easily won the Democratic nomination for U.S. Senate in Georgia last month. A political newcomer, she’s vying for the seat Republican Saxby Chambliss is vacating. If Nunn wins, it'll be the first time Georgia elects a female U.S. Senator. And while some foes say she’s trading on the name of her father, former U.S. Senator Sam Nunn, the candidate’s real secret weapon may be the army of women volunteers she’s mobilized.
Jason Carter’s shot at becoming Georgia’s next Governor could hinge on the fallout from a trio of ethics cases involving Republican governor Nathan Deal. That’s according to experts on the heels of reports from the AJC and WSB that a former ethics commission employee is close to settling a whistleblower lawsuit against the state for $1 million.
Seven candidates started out the race, but only two will take it to the finish line. Republican Senate hopefuls David Perdue and Jack Kingston will face off again in the July runoff when voters will choose which GOP candidate will represent them in the general election.
Nathan Deal swept to victory on Tuesday night, securing the Republican nomination for governor of Georgia. Unofficial tallies showed the incumbent governor with a sizeable lead Tuesday night ahead of former Dalton Mayor David Pennington and State Schools Superintendent John Barge. Gov. Deal celebrated the victory early Tuesday night. Thanking his supporters in a press release, the governor said he was looking toward to Georgia’s future and reiterated his accomplishments, including making Georgia the number one place in the nation to do business.
Michelle Nunn handily swept to victory Tuesday, winning the Democratic nomination for U.S. Senate in Georgia. Nunn made it clear she's ready for the grueling race ahead to win the seat Republican Saxby Chambliss is vacating. Democrats hold none of Georgia's constitutional or federal offices. If Nunn wins the race, she'll be state's first female U.S. Senator.