Perdue, Kingston To Meet In GOP Runoff

May 21, 2014 2:39 AM
Perdue, Kingston To Meet In GOP Runoff
" ATLANTA (AP) — Rep. Jack Kingston of Savannah and former Dollar General CEO David Perdue advanced to a GOP runoff after Tuesday’s primary, setting up a battle between a veteran congressman and an opponent billing himself as an outsider in a race that will help determine which party controls Congress.

Perdue, who had been leading in the polls, and Kingston, who dominated in fundraising, secured their spots with the help of a major TV advertising blitz in the final few weeks and left the state’s sizeable tea party crowd without a favored candidate. In unofficial returns, Perdue had 31 percent of the vote to Kingston’s 26 percent with 90 percent of precincts reporting.

Former Secretary of State Karen Handel, who had tea party support but lagged in fundraising, was headed for third with 22 percent. Reps. Paul Broun of Athens and Phil Gingrey of Marietta were in fourth and fifth, respectively. Earlier, Michelle Nunn easily won the Democratic nomination, defeating her three opponents.

A runoff in Georgia occurs when no candidate receives 50 percent plus one vote.

The primary has been closely watched nationally, with Republicans needing just six seats to claim a majority in the Senate "

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