GOP works to avert Senate upset in Georgia
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.