Perdue Defeats Kingston in Georgia Senate Runoff

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

News Release: Associated Press
July 22, 2014 - 11:15pm

ATLANTA (AP) -- 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.

Kingston is an 11-term congressman from Savannah.

The Perdue-Nunn race will be one of the most critical matchups of the November midterm elections.

Republicans need six more seats to win Senate control for the final two years of President Barack Obama's administration. The GOP cannot afford to lose Chambliss' seat.


News Release: Associated Press
July 21, 2014

ATLANTA (AP) -- Georgia Republican Senate candidates Jack Kingston and David Perdue are making their final pitch to voters on the eve of Tuesday's runoff, as their volunteers make thousands of phone calls in an effort to get people to the polls.

Kingston, the Savannah congressman, and Perdue, the former Dollar General CEO, were flying around the state Monday to rally supporters. Kingston began his six-stop tour in metro Atlanta, joined by former Secretary of State Karen Handel and plans to end in Savannah.

Perdue began his seven stops in Macon, ending the day in Atlanta with his cousin, former Gov. Sonny Perdue.

The winner will face Democrat Michelle Nunn in one of the most important midterm elections this year as Republicans seek to claim a majority in the Senate.


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