Kingston grabs momentum in Georgia | TheHill

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Jun

Kingston grabs momentum in Georgia | TheHill

After the May 20 primary, Kingston won the backing of the two candidates who finished behind him in the race, former Georgia Secretary of State Karen Handel (R) and Rep. Phil Gingrey (R), as well as from a number of other members of Georgia’s congressional delegation. He also won endorsements from former House Majority Leader Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.) and RedState.com’s Erick Erickson, a leading Tea Party voice in the state who backed Handel in the first round.

“Kingston has seized the momentum right now. He’s definitely putting some points on the board,” said Georgia Republican strategist Joel McElhannon.

The Chamber of Commerce has continued to spend heavily on his behalf. Local and national Tea Party groups have indicated that, while they don’t love Kingston’s record as an appropriator, they’re unlikely to jump into the race to help Perdue, who they also view with skepticism.

“While conservatives and Tea Party folks would probably have rather had a different candidate than Kingston, with these two, they’re choosing the devil they know over the devil they don’t,” says Georgia Republican strategist Chip Lake, who’s not affiliated with either campaign.

Kingston has led Perdue by double-digit margins in nearly every public poll since the runoff began.

The race is just starting to re-engage — both candidates have been off the air since the first round but are set to launch ads on Wednesday.

Kingston’s first ad ties Perdue to companies whose boards he served on that took stimulus money and for his membership with the National Retail Federation, which backed immigration reform that Kingston’s campaign paints as “amnesty.” Perdue’s new ad attacks Kingston as a big-spending Washington insider, saying his “22 years of liberal spending has to stop.”

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