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Georgia's Hotly Contested Senate Race: Who Wins?

With U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss not seeking re-election, the top GOP contenders, as well as Democratic frontrunner Michelle Nunn, have begun filling the airwaves with ads.

Two more GOP debates, the final two in a series of seven, are set to take place in Augusta on April 19 and in Columbus on May 10. Credit: Patch file
Two more GOP debates, the final two in a series of seven, are set to take place in Augusta on April 19 and in Columbus on May 10. Credit: Patch file

Slightly more than six weeks until the May 20 primary, the battle to fill Georgia’s open U.S. Senate seat is heating up.

With U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R) not seeking re-election, the GOP contenders, as well as Democratic frontrunner Michelle Nunn, have begun filling the airwaves with ads.

Among the Republicans, the leading contenders include U.S. Reps. Paul Broun of Athens, Jack Kingston of Savannah, and Phil Gingrey of Marietta, along with former Secretary of State Karen Handel and former Dollar General CEO David Perdue.

Art Gardner and Derrick Grayson are also in the GOP running, while businessman Eugene Yu recently withdrew from the race.

Many political watchers are expecting a GOP runoff in July, as no true frontrunner has emerged. A recent SurveyUSA poll showed Perdue with 29 percent of the support, followed by Kingston (19%), Gingrey (12), Broun (11) and Handel (10). 

Another poll from Public Policy Polling showed Broun leading at 27 percent, followed by Gingrey (14), Kingston (13), Perdue (12) and Handel (9). The poll included only people who considered themselves Republican primary voters.

The left-leaning poll also showed that in a head-to-head, Nunn, who is facing fellow Democrats Steen Miles, Branko "Rad" Radulovacki and Todd Anthony Robinson in the primary, would be deadlocked with Broun at 38 percent. While a race between Perdue was not one of the choices offered in the poll, the results showed Nunn would hold slight advantages over Kingston, Handel and Gingrey.

As the campaign heats up, Perdue made an off-the-cuff comment recently about Handel only having a high school degree, while Handel welcomed in former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, who campaigned on behalf of Handel south of Atlanta this past week.

On Friday, Kingston released an ad that includes audio of an Obama impersonator asking Kingston to stop trying to repeal the president's national health care law.

"Kingston, this is the president. You've got to back off Obamacare," the fake Obama says in the ad while photos of the president appear on the screen.

"Kingston, let me be clear: I do not want you in the Senate. Call me back, Kingston, please," the fake Obama concludes.

Kingston then appears on screen and states, "A call to stop fighting Obamacare is one call I'll never answer."

Nunn released her her first ad on Thursday, and it featured former President George H.W. Bush. Nunn is the CEO of the Points of Light foundation, the nonprofit that the Republican Bush founded.

Two more GOP debates, the final two in a series of seven, are set to take place in Augusta on April 19 and in Columbus on May 10. There's no doubt that campaign season is heating up.

Who do you think will ultimately be facing each other in the November general election and who will win? Let us know in the comment section below.
jMichael April 06, 2014 at 03:21 PM
Yikes. Nice going, Nancy! What a terrific comment. Only the hypocrites and prattlers will be offended. As for the rest of us... well... there's that grin spreading across our faces. Hallelujah!
Dave April 06, 2014 at 03:42 PM
"same could be said of Jesus"........Is Jesus running? I'll vote for Him.
Catherine S April 06, 2014 at 04:08 PM
While many Members of Congress espouse similar principles, their votes tell a different story. http://www.heritageactionscorecard.com//state/state/ga Continuing to grow the Federal Govt, whether it be by Democrats or Republicans is unsustainable and limiting opportunity for all but the special interests. Vote for those who have shown they understand the proper role of government.
DP April 06, 2014 at 07:49 PM
Handel will lose big time. Perdue will be the front runner, as will Ms. Nunn. Progressive Atlanta will vote for Nunn and all the backwoods Repub voters will vote for Perdue.
Rogers Lackey April 06, 2014 at 09:12 PM
GEORGIA Republican grip is losing power because of the people moving here now are democrats and are voting in mostly all elections.

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