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.
She will face either businessman David Perdue or Congressman Jack Kingston in November. The two are likely headed to a runoff in a bid for the GOP nomination for U.S. Senate.
The Democratic Senate Candidate is a newcomer to politics, despite being the daughter of Sam Nunn, who was a longtime Senator from Georgia. Nunn has worked as a nonprofit executive in Atlanta where she lives with her husband and two children. Tuesday night, she hinted at the historic nature of the feat she's attempting.
"I'm ready and together with all of your support,” said Nunn. “We've going to make history in Georgia and we're going to make a difference for our state and for our nation."
The executive has won the hearts of many female voters in Georgia. The prospect of electing Georgia’s first female U.S. Senator has helped mobilize an especially fervent core of supporters.
Nunn may be new to Georgia’s political circuit, but for many Democratic women who voted for her Tuesday, that’s just fine by them.
Atlanta resident Bobbie Paul points to Nunn’s penchant for consensus-building as something that sets her apart.
“I think she’s the candidate we’ve been waiting for,” said Paul. “I think women especially understand her tactics and feel good about them.”