Crowded GOP field for GA Senate expands; Perdue in |


Crowded GOP field for GA Senate expands; Perdue in |

GOP strategist Eric Tanenblatt, who served as finance co-chair for the Romney campaign, said Perdue will need to use his money and business background to overcome his lack of political experience and name recognition. But Perdue and Handel can take advantage of how unpopular Congress is, he said.

“She and David Perdue have the opportunity to run against Washington, which I think is going to be a benefit to them in this climate,” Tanenblatt said.

Earlier this week, Michelle Nunn became the first high-profile Democrat to enter the race and will also be touting her outsider experience as CEO of Points of Light, one of the nation’s largest volunteer organizations. Nunn is the daughter of former U.S. Sen. Sam Nunn, who represented Georgia for 24 years.

The race in Georgia has quickly become one of the most closely watched in the country as Republicans push to win control of the Senate. While Republicans have the advantage in Georgia, Democrats are hoping Nunn can make inroads in a state they once dominated and where changing demographics present an opportunity.

Either way, the race is expected to draw interest and money from around the country.

So far, Kingston and Gingrey have demonstrated a strong ability to raise money and were able to transfer money from their House campaign accounts that have been steadily growing in recent years as the congressmen have faced little opposition. Each has about $2.5 million in cash.

Broun, meanwhile, has $400,000 and Handel reported raising about $154,000 in the six weeks since she announced her campaign.

Earlier Wednesday, the Nunn campaign said it had raised $79,000 from online donors in the 24 hours since Nunn announced. The Handel campaign was also busy, launching a “Donate to Defeat Nunn” page on her website and emailing supporters a photo of Nunn with President Barack Obama.

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