GOP works to avert Se­nate up­set in Ge­or­gia

The Covington News - - THE WIRE -

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — Repub­li­cans are on the of­fen­sive in the open­ing days of Ge­or­gia’s Se­nate cam­paign, ham­mer­ing Demo­crat Michelle Nunn as a rub­ber stamp for Pres­i­dent Barack Obama and ques­tion­ing her re­sume as a non-profit ex­ec­u­tive — the very ex­pe­ri­ence that an­chors her ap­peal as a mod­er­ate who gets things done with­out par­ti­san wran­gling.

It’s a pre­view of a high-pro­file clash be­tween two first-time can­di­dates, Nunn, 47, and for­mer cor­po­rate ex­ec­u­tive David Per­due, 64, with the out­come help­ing to de­cide which party con­trols the Se­nate for the fi­nal two years of Obama’s pres­i­dency.

Nunn is one of the Democrats’ few hopes to pick up a GOP-held Se­nate seat as they try to hold their ma­jor­ity and es­tab­lish Ge­or­gia as another South­ern swing state along­side Vir­ginia and North Carolina. Repub­li­cans need six more seats to run the cham­ber and know they can’t af­ford to let Nunn suc­ceed re­tir­ing Sen. Saxby Chambliss. There’s also a lit­tle-known Lib­er­tar­ian on the Nov. 4 bal­lot.

Both sides agree that with no sit­ting politi­cian left in the race, Nunn and Per­due will clash over per­son­al­i­ties and back­grounds as they try to cap­i­tal­ize on voter dis­con­tent. They’re try­ing to en­er­gize their core par­ti­san sup­port­ers even as Nunn, es­pe­cially, fo­cuses on in­de­pen­dents.

Per­due now sounds a more par­ti­san tone af­ter spend­ing months blast­ing Rep. Jack Kingston and two other sit­ting con­gress­men as be­ing part of the prob­lem in Wash­ing­ton.

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