Georgia candidate’s ad stars cousin, exgovernor
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.