Ge­or­gia can­di­date’s ad stars cousin, ex­gov­er­nor

The Covington News - - THE WIRE -

TLANTA (AP) — Amid a fierce fight for mid­dle and south Ge­or­gia vot­ers, Repub­li­can Se­nate can­di­date David Per­due is en­list­ing the support of his cousin, for­mer Gov. Sonny Per­due, in a new statewide tele­vi­sion ad that be­gins air­ing Tues­day.

The 30-sec­ond spot fo­cuses on Per­due’s child­hood in mid­dle Ge­or­gia, where he and his fam­ily worked farm­land and other business in­ter­ests.

Per­due and Demo­crat Michelle Nunn, whose fam­ily roots also are in the same mid­dle Ge­or­gia county, both have work to do in the re­gion, though it leans solidly Repub­li­can.

Nunn, the daugh­ter of Perry na­tive and for­mer Sen. Sam Nunn, must put a dent in that GOP ad­van­tage if she hopes to win in a state that hasn’t sent a Demo­crat to the Se­nate since Zell Miller won a spe­cial elec­tion in 2000. The elder Nunn has ap­peared at sev­eral of his daugh­ter’s cam­paign stops in Macon, Al­bany and the sur­round­ing re­gion.

David Per­due, mean­while, must shore up support in a re­gion that he lost to Savannah Con­gress­man Jack Kingston in the GOP pri­mary runoff. Like Sam Nunn, Sonny Per­due re­mains a popular fig­ure in the area. Both he and Nunn grew up in Hous­ton County.

David Per­due’s spokes­woman Megan Whit­te­more said the ad would run statewide, but would be con­cen­trated in mar­kets south of At­lanta.

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