Nunn’s Senate campaign isn’t deterring other Democratic hopefuls | www.myajc.com

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Nunn’s Senate campaign isn’t deterring other Democratic hopefuls | www.myajc.com

The Democratic Party of Georgia isn’t supposed to pick favorites, but at its big November fundraiser it came pretty close. Michelle Nunn was the only Senate candidate allowed to speak, discounting several competitors who were squirming awkwardly in the room.

They are getting used to it. Nunn, the daughter of former U.S. Sen. Sam Nunn, is hogging the spotlight on the Democratic side of the race to succeed Saxby Chambliss. And thanks to the more than $1.7 million she’s already raised, she’s got the bankroll to back up that leading status.

But the handful of lesser-known Democrats running against her aren’t budging. They’re trying to make Nunn pay for breaks with President Barack Obama. They’re holding town hall meetings and living-room fundraisers. They’re reaching out to tea party types and showing up at Democratic shindigs in a signal that the contest is far from over.

“What I’m hearing around the state is that the party shouldn’t just anoint a candidate,” said former state Sen. Steen Miles, one of those Nunn rivals. “Some people feel that they’re being ignored — and that just doesn’t sit well.”

The competition is seeking to exploit Nunn’s cautious approach in the opening months. She’s held few public appearances and given fewer interviews since announcing her candidacy in July, instead focusing on small gatherings and fundraisers. That will likely change next year as she gears up for the May primary and the general election next November.

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