Twelve years ago, Georgians sent Republican Saxby Chambliss to the U.S. Senate. His decision not to seek re-election to a third term brought out a number of Republican contenders in this year’s election cycle, a field that has been whittled down to two people: longtime U.S. Rep. Jack Kingston and former Dollar General CEO David Perdue, one of whom will face Democratic nominee Michelle Nunn in the November general election.
Given the fact that whoever wins the Senate seat likely will be representing Georgia for a significant number of years — senators are elected to six-year terms, and incumbency is a powerful advantage in electoral politics — the Athens Banner-Herald is moving away from its policy of not endorsing candidates, and is recommending that voters in the July 22 Republican primary cast their ballots for Kingston.
In considering Kingston’s qualifications for the Senate, it’s also important to note that his 22 years of service in the U.S. House of Representatives, Kingston handily won re-election. During that run, he never faced any serious opposition, and in a couple of instances, ran unopposed for the seat. There can be no better indication that Kingston is an effective legislator, and he has unquestionably earned the right to exercise that effectiveness in the U.S. Senate.