Posted: 12:12 pm Tuesday, February 4th, 2014

Perdue tags Senate rivals as ‘crybabies'; new poll puts Gingrey in front 

By Daniel Malloy

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One of David Perdue’s biggest challenges in the Georgia Senate race is getting noticed. Casting babies as your primary opponents is one way to go about it.

The former CEO of Dollar General talks a lot about his middle Georgia upbringing and business career in a five-minute video that Perdue’s campaign says has a “significant online advertising buy” behind it. His cousin, former Gov. Sonny Perdue, even makes a cameo.

But the image that will stick is the one above: Crying babies wearing shirts and wielding props identifying them as the other four top contenders in the race: doctors Phil Gingrey and Paul Broun with stethoscopes, Karen Handel in pearls, Jack Kingston with a set of glasses.

Do not dismiss this image out of hand.

kingroyIn many ways, this is a page torn from Sonny Perdue’s 2002 playbook. Think back to a long biographical commercial that the Republican candidate for governor starred in. Fred Davis, the California political ad guru, did that one — and is the fellow behind David Perdue’s on-screen debut.

Sonny Perdue couldn’t get his on TV except during the wee hours. But incorporated in the lengthy video was the image of a giant rat stalking the state Capitol, dubbed “King Roy,” which became a hit on the GOP Tupperware circuit.

It’s likely that the crybabies, if they catch on, will see significant airtime. David Perdue has more money to play with than his cuz did.

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But David Perdue has a lot of work to do over the next three-and-a-half months, according to a poll of GOP primary voters put out this morning by Citizens United Political Victory Fund, a group that has endorsed Broun in the race. The poll finds Gingrey in front, with 19 percent of the vote.

Trailing Gingrey are Handel (14 percent), Broun (13 percent), Kingston (11 percent), Perdue (8 percent), Eugene Yu (2 percent), Derrick Grayson (1 percent) and Art Gardner (less than 1 percent). The real winner is “undecided” with 28 percent of the vote.

Gingrey’s strength comes in part from his high name ID, which is a whopping 80 percent among Metro Atlanta likely GOP primary voters. Perdue actually has better name ID than Broun and Kingston — a similar finding to a recent AJC poll — and a likely result of his famous cousin.

Some other findings: 16 percent of voters believe Broun to be the most conservative candidate, to 11 percent for Gingrey. And 62 percent want Georgia’s next senator to work closely with Ted Cruz.

The poll, by Kellyanne Conway’s “the polling company”, was conducted Jan. 31 – Feb. 1 of 600 likely Republican primary voters across the state, with a 3.9 percent margin of error. The topline data are here.

10 comments
OldEngineer
OldEngineer

We are now receiving seemingly endless robo-calls from Mr. Perdue's campaign machine. We have added the number to our call blocker, but can find no direct avenue to inform him of a few simple facts. First, yes, we have not missed voting in a primary election since - well, just after that Lincoln fellow. Second, in recent years we have tended to eliminate candidates with the highest quantity of robo-calls. Third, thus far he is in the lead on this measure. Finally, inaccessible candidates that want our votes are automatically eliminated from consideration. Enough already!

GraceD
GraceD

: 62 percent want Georgia’s next senator to work closely with Ted Cruz."

Well, that speaks volumes about our state & our voters.

This is more than scary, it is actually frightening.

Charles50
Charles50

Gingrey being the frontrunner says a lot about how scary Georgia politics really are.

Ralph-43
Ralph-43

This clown circus should provide a lot of chuckles over the next few months.  At least they will pump a few bucks into the economy until Michelle Nunn is elected.

JonLester
JonLester

Perdue doesn't exactly have a winning name among Georgia conservatives, and it wasn't so long ago when we had Guy Millner trying to buy office with his own fortune, so I don't know why he bothers, unless this is what it takes to reinforce his sense of importance.

honested
honested

All that needs to be stated is 'sonny perdue's cousin'.


Warren Buffett doesn't have enough money to overcome that fact.

td1234
td1234

I like Phil and could vote for him the in the General election as I have done on several occasions when he represented me in Congress. I still believe Jack would make the best Senator from GA. 

AuntieChrist
AuntieChrist

I guess they decided against giving the kid representing paul broun an AR-15, that could have had some terrible consequences. Looks like the kid was given a rope, I guess to show how he will just lynch Obama if that impeachment thingie doesn't work out.

MaryPolleys
MaryPolleys

@JonLester


I'm a GA conservative, and I liked Sonny Perdue as Governor. I will vote for the candidate I think will be most likely to beat the Democrat.

Charles50
Charles50

@td1234  I voted for Phil a few times as well even as a Republican.  He was more moderate then and did a good job for the district.  But then he was gerrymandered out and also became a whackadoodle.  Thank God he is no longer my Rep.