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.
Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed says in order for Democrats Jason Carter and Michelle Nunn to win in November, they will have to spend campaign funds reaching out to the 600,000 to 900,000 minority voters in Georgia. “And if they haven’t invested, I would say somewhere between 3 to 5 million in their registration efforts and in their voter contact efforts, I don’t believe they are going to prevail,” Reed told GPB’s Bill Nigut. Reed says the typical Democratic strategy of waiting until September to reach out to black voters won’t work.
With the state GOP Primary runoff two weeks away, Congressman Jack Kingston is out on the campaign trail in full force. And on Wednesday, he said that ending Washington gridlock depends on Republicans regaining control of the U.S. Senate.
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.
On May 27, GPB premiered a documentary about Dean Rusk. The Georgia native served as secretary of state and for President John F. Kennedy and President Lyndon B. Johnson. Two of Rusk’s three children-- Peggy Rusk- Smith and Rich Rusk-- joined GPB All Things Considered host Ellen Reinhardt for a conversation about their father’s legacy.
GOP primary for the seat Saxby Chambliss is vacating. Speaking Wednesday at a press conference, Handel said Republican voters can count on Kingston not to flip-flop. “We need someone who is going to be a consistent conservative, not someone who flails all over the place and flip-flops on what their viewpoints are,” said Handel. “We need a United States senator who believes in the American dream for everyone."