Political Diary: Georgia GOP Has a Senate Candidate – WSJ

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Jul

Political Diary: Georgia GOP Has a Senate Candidate – WSJ

David Perdue beat Rep. Jack Kingston in Georgia’s GOP Senate runoff Tuesday with just under 51% of the vote. He will face Democrat Michelle Nunn in the fall, and Democrats think Ms. Nunn has a shot, even though Georgia is a deep red state that President Obama lost by eight percentage points in 2012.

“There’s a simple formula for winning as a Democrat in Georgia: project moderation, raise lots of cash, and catch a break with a vulnerable opponent—and Michelle Nunn’s got all three in spades,” Democratic strategist Christy Setzer told the Washington Times this week. “She’s an independent with more ties to the Bushes than the Obamas, she’s got a family name that resonates as moderate and independent, and her Republican opponents have shown serious problems on the trail. I wouldn’t be surprised if more polls show her ahead going into November.”

Ms. Setzer may be overly optimistic, but it’s true that Democrats got the long, bloody Republican primary battle that they wanted. Not much policy daylight separated Messrs. Perdue and Kingston—the top two finishers in the May primary—and personal attacks dominated the runoff race. Mr. Perdue, a former corporate CEO, campaigned as an outsider and accused Mr. Kingston, an 11-term congressman from the Savannah area, of being a career politician.

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