Governor Nathan Deal and challenger Jason Carter faced off Tuesday, Oct. 7 and so did the candidates for Georgia's U.S. Senate seat at the Georgia National Fair. Mercer University political science professor Chris Grant predicts how they can win their respective races.
U.S. Senate Candidates Michelle Nunn and David Perdue met on the same stage together for the first time in Macon Thursday. And both Nunn and Perdue spent plenty of time tying each other to political leaders in Washington.
During the one-hour forum, Democratic candidate Michelle Nunn repeatedly linked David Perdue to Republican inaction in Congress. One opportunity she was used was immigration reform.
“David embraces what I believe is the attitude of gridlock in Washington that has not enabled us to get this done,” said Nunn.
Perdue responded not by challenging Nunn’s characterization or defending congressional Republicans, but criticizing the President.
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.
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.
The earliest primary election in Georgia history wrapped up early Wednesday morning with unofficial results sending candidates to victory speeches or home for the rest of the 2014 election season. Republican incumbent Governor Nathan Deal and Democratic U.S Senate hopeful Michelle Nunn secured their nominations handily. Other candidates didn’t have such a clear sweep to victory, and will face a runoff on July 22 to determine who goes to the November general election. Here are the final results of a few key races in Tuesday’s primaries.
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.