Key 2014 Senate races for defense sector to watch – Juana Summers – POLITICO.com

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Key 2014 Senate races for defense sector to watch – Juana Summers – POLITICO.com

Georgia

Sen. Saxby Chambliss’s surprise retirement announcement early last year has set off a heated Republican primary race with a lengthy roster of candidates, including Reps. Paul Broun, Phil Gingrey and Jack Kingston, as well as former Georgia Secretary of State Karen Handel and businessman David Perdue.

The winner of the May 20 primary will face nonprofit CEO Michelle Nunn, the daughter of former Georgia Sen. Sam Nunn, a former Democratic chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee.

Nunn associated herself with Chambliss’s call for intervention in Syria last year, a move that put her at odds with each of the Republican primary contenders. The race has become an interesting test case for how Syria could be used as a campaign wedge. Handel went up with a radio ad slamming Nunn for supporting military action there, tying her to President Barack Obama and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.).

The Senate seat in Georgia is a must-win for Republicans if they want to gain the six seats necessary to win back the majority.

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