Posted: 12:22 am Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014

5 reasons David Perdue shocked Georgia’s political world to win GOP Senate nod 

By Greg Bluestein and Daniel Malloy

David Perdue speaks at his runoff victory party (AJC/Hyosub Shin)

David Perdue speaks at his runoff victory party (AJC/Hyosub Shin)

David Perdue’s stunning victory over Rep. Jack Kingston was both a rebuke to Georgia’s political establishment and a reminder that November will be a very unconventional race. Here are five factors that played into Perdue’s upset victory:

Metro Atlanta’s Perdue support offset south Georgia’s Kingston backing. While Kingston held onto his big margins in south Georgia, Perdue more than wiped him out with big showings in populous metro Atlanta and other urban areas across the state. Perdue’s camp was ecstatic that Kingston’s net margin over Perdue in Savannah’s Chatham County was 12,000 – close to what they expected. If Kingston landed the same vote totals in coastal Georgia he tallied during the May primary, he’d be waking up to a different headline today.

A slow windup and powerful close. Perdue’s camp went up with its infamous “Babies” TV ads early in the primary to define the race. But in the nine-week runoff – the longest in state history – they largely held their fire until the final weeks before the contest. Perdue’s aides said that helped them refuel and better target Kingston. As we’ve noted, Perdue and his allies were vastly outspent by Kingston in metro Atlanta, but spent far more than him elsewhere in the state.

An effective grassroots network. Perdue advisers said it never got much media attention, but they built a formidable network of activists across the state who tapped an anti-incumbent streak to boost their candidate.  That foundation is still intact, they say, and will come in handy against Nunn.

The Chamber was both boon and burden. The closing days back-and-forth involved the U.S. Chamber’s heavy investment in the race on Kingston’s behalf, with a flood of positive ads (and a last-minute negative that few voters likely saw). Perdue used it as evidence that Kingston secretly supported “amnesty.” Talk radio host Erick Erickson tweeted that he had trouble convincing many friends to vote Kingston because of the Chamber’s backing.

Very few people like Congress. Kingston had to own 22 years in Congress. As he put it Tuesday: “You know, people are very frustrated with Washington, D.C. and I think that was a big hurdle. And my opponent capitalized on that – as he should.”

219 comments
Bubba30342
Bubba30342

Nunn's allies can just run the montage of all the other Republican candidates beating on Perdue while she stays positive herself. I wonder how many Democrats crossed over to vote for Perdue just to set that up.

ChuckClausen
ChuckClausen

The better candidate won, I was out of town (Gainesville) when David Perdue came through Gainesville - everybody I talk to like both his Bussiness background and his unusually good ability to communicate

creative
creative

Anybody want to argue about abortion?  How bout gay marriage? If so, let me know which side you want me to be on and let's get started.  

StraightNoChaser
StraightNoChaser

Even the Tea Party folks hated the Wall Street bailout so it's going to be interesting  to see them hold their nose and vote for Perdue.  I wonder how Perdue will pitch this to them if he wants to win after all he can't trash the president on being out of touch when President Obama personally reached out and touched him in a good way.  Can he?

atln8tiv
atln8tiv

"Well, if they're thinking about having an abortion, they've apparently already made a bad choice or they wouldn't need the abortion." 


MasterJ's post fails to consider women who have been raped, victims of incest, unexpected pregnancies where birth control failed, and likely a few other scenarios where pregnancy wouldn't be the result of a woman's poor choice. Please remember sir, that pregnancy requires male participants as well. What man (civilian, not military) is willing to let the government decide what he can and can't do with his own body? If there are any men out there who are willing to let the government make their reproductive choices for them, please do speak up.

Kellyclan
Kellyclan

I was torn between the two as Eric Ericson endorsed Jack Kingston.As a matter of fact, Jack Kingston had all of the career GOP support.

I investigated on my own the negative allegations by the Kingston supporters.  I had countless mail flyers, emails and phone calls that printed down right lies about David Perdue.  I don’t like being lied to! 

That was my motivation to vote.  I am tired of the career politicians with the silver tongues and snake oil that don’t deliver what they promise.  I will not vote for a man who lies.  I wanted a senator with integrity. David Perdue proved that with keeping on message (trust me some times I wanted him to speak up and fight back – but he stayed on topic)

Funny thing is, I might have voted for Jack Kingston had he not lied and played dirty.  Both Kingston and Perdue had similar beliefs/values.

I also researched who would have a better chance to beat Michelle Nunn.  It looked like Perdue had a better chance.  Unfortunately, Kingston saturated the market with lies about David Perdue giving Michelle Nunn some free advertising.  I just wish more voters would take the time to research before they vote.


OnionBreath
OnionBreath

As one poster noted about Kingston's campaign  "lots of entrenched endorsements by career politicians,..." 

Remember those names - their turn is coming.

CyclePath
CyclePath

When a politician who's been around for decades has to rely on negative campaigning instead of their accomplishments....it's time for them to go.

Gritsfalcon
Gritsfalcon

Would'nt mind voting for Nunn if she wasn't pro-choice.  I don't see Nunn pulling this one off.  By mid-October the polls will be back to normal.  Both Deal and Perdue comfortably ahead.


msfolly
msfolly

My husband and I voted for Perdue in part because of all the negative smears from the Kingston side, all of which were deemed untrue by Politifact, an independent fact checking organization.We decided that if Kingston was a liar, willing to smear an opponent to get elected, that we wanted no part of him.Also, we live in North Fulton county – we must have received 20 calls for Kingston, both anti Perdue stuff, and lots of entrenched endorsements by career politicians, which, frankly, also turned us off.We are TIRED of all the negative stuff.

NormanRavitch
NormanRavitch

Jack Kingston would have made a fine senator.  I guess we people in coastal Georgia will have to live with the domination of the Great Babylon in Atlanta.

Bernie31
Bernie31

David enjoy your Day in the Sun. You earned it. You sent a Enemy of the People of America to the dust bin of History.

MaryElizabethSings
MaryElizabethSings

I noticed in a television interview yesterday with David Perdue and Jack Kingston, both speaking for themselves, that Perdue was even more definitive in his support of impeaching  President Obama than Jack Kingston.


That indicated, again, imo, that David Perdue will follow the Republican Party line without variance because it will be in his self-serving interests to do so.  (That is why I had encouraged Republican voters to "vote for what you know rather than for what you don't know.")  David Perdue, imo, will continue to create a Georgia which will continue to lose its middle class for a two-tiered Georgia made up of the very wealthy, who know how to use government for their own personal interests, and the rest of Georgians who will not fare well, as a result.


Michelle Nunn has made a career of serving others.  Her  type of public official and public servant is what Georgia desperately needs at this point in its history. Her great-great-uncle was the esteemed U. S. Congressman from Georgia, Carl Vinson, who graduated from Mercer University in Macon, Georgia. Vote for Michelle Nunn in November.  She will follow the legacy of Vinson and Sam Nunn, her father, in serving the people's interest in Georgia

Blasingame
Blasingame

As long as people like Reid, Obama, Pelosi, Warren, Schumer, Holder, Clinton, Kerry, Biden,  Rangel, Boxer, Stark, etc., populate the Democrat Party, anyone who supports any Democrat, here or anywhere, is absolutely crazy or totally self destructive, maybe both.

WilliamPerkins
WilliamPerkins

The only ones surprised are the media types who thought they had made up our minds for us.  My "rule" is, if they have been in office for more than three terms or are looking to upgrade jobs they don't get my vote.  Kingston can go on back home now.

RamblinRed
RamblinRed

Either Kingston or Perdue are likely to hold the Senate seat over Nunn. Both were seen as more mainstream. Perdue has a slightly better shot due to not being tied to Washington. It really is pretty simple math. This is an off cycle election, which will make it harer for Nunn as fewer people will vote in the Senate race (probably around 2.5M vs. 3.2-3.7M in a Presidential election year). Perdue will start out with a significant numbers advantage - probably roughly 200,000 voters - based on results from the primary and runoff elections this year. He doesn't need to win the majority of independent and general election only voters - he just has to not get blown out in those categories. I know I saw an election model after the primaries in May, that gave Nunn as 29% chance of winning if Perdue won the Republican nomination. Her odds got as high as 43% if Broun had gotten through. Her lowest odds were against Perdue and Kingston.

Sagacious
Sagacious

I am not surprised, people are sick of professional politicians.  I support term limits and more non-lawyers as candidates.  We need more people of character and faith to stand up and run for office.

StraightNoChaser
StraightNoChaser

@Kellyclan "During an appearance at the Fayette County GOP in Georgia early in January, David Perdue, the former CEO of Dollar General who is now running for outgoing Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R), was asked by a woman in the audience about "corporate welfare." The woman asked about Delta Airlines terminating pensions for employees before going on to merge with Northwest Airlines. In response, Perdue argued that some bailouts can be good, like the Wall Street bailout, while others are a bad idea, like the bailout of the Detroit autoworkers"~~~David Perdue January 2014.

This is not a lie it's his own words.  Answer this question just what exactly is David Perdue going to prosecute the president on when he has blueberry pie all over his face?  Thanks Kingston for exposing Perdue you were good for something.  Game on....

MoFaux
MoFaux

@Gritsfalcon Why?  Do you think overturning Roe v. Wade is imminent?  The law has been in place for quite some time now.

RoadScholar
RoadScholar

@msfolly How about when Kingston was asked what he would do to break the logjam in Washington, that he would have his 6 points of action, which read like Newt's Contract with America, and Perdue said he would sit and listen and discuss things with anyone but would not betray his conservative values?

MoFaux
MoFaux

@msfolly How do you feel about the instant negativity Perdue has already unleashed upon Nunn?

MaryPolleys
MaryPolleys

@NormanRavitch


Perdue also carried the counties where we find Ga's other cities:  Augusta, Macon, Albany, and Columbus.

LookbeforeIleap
LookbeforeIleap

@NormanRavitch 

Over 1/3 of the vote margin for Perdue came from the coastal counties  Perdue picked up a net gain over Kingston of over 3 thousand votes in the 5 coastal counties.

Can't blame it all on Atlanta son.

honested
honested

@NormanRavitch 

It's not like the people of Savannah didn't already look down their nose at the productive portion of the State before today.

MaryPolleys
MaryPolleys

@MaryElizabethSings


While I admire the legacy of Mercer, since I am also a graduate, I respectfully suggest that what GA desperately needs at this point is a surging economy, as does the rest of the nation. Without a thriving business climate, nonprofits will cease to exist. When we need to pledge the United Way budget, business people lead the effort and get contributions from other business people to fund the staffs and projects of all the nonprofit organizations. It all depends on business. And David Perdue knows business.

StormeeATL
StormeeATL

@Blasingame Wow, you are really brainwashed by the kool aid poured by Faux, Limbaugh, Breitbart and the rest of the right wing propaganda minisrty, aren't you?

honested
honested

@Blasingame 

Really??

Which of the Democrats you mentioned are permanently attached to a failed policy of inadequate revenue and expecting any different result from continuing the policy?

RoadScholar
RoadScholar

@RamblinRed "Either Kingston or Perdue are likely to hold the Senate seat over Nunn."

In case you haven't heard, Kingston lost! Another well informed repub voter!

Now, who will the Chamber of Commerce support?


Well the TPer's got their wish...4 repub congressmen have had term limits served up for them!

MaryPolleys
MaryPolleys

@StraightNoChaser


Perdue said he supported the liquidity we put into the financial system because we got a return on that...that money came back to us and it was a decent investment. Perhaps we should listen to him a bit longer.

MasterJ
MasterJ

@RoadScholar @Gritsfalcon


Well, if they're thinking about having an abortion, they've apparently already made a bad choice or they wouldn't need the abortion.  So no, I don't think it is prudent to trust that person with another critical choice.  Especially with the life of a child at stake.

JackieRBarnes
JackieRBarnes

@MoFaux @msfolly  True negative publicity on a politician running for office is simply enlightening the public about a candidate, since most do not take the time. But negativity about a candidate that is a lie should be punishable by law!

msfolly
msfolly

@MoFaux @msfolly  Don't like that, either. ;-/ 

However, there is NO WAY I will vote for a Dem in the Senate this time around, since Reid, Obama and Pelosi have had their way for far too long un-checked.

honested
honested

@MasterJ 

Another misguided vote for bestowing rights to zygotes.

I thought conserrrrrrrrrrvatives were against 'judicial activism'.

Having invented special rights for corporations and being consistently hell-bent on bestowing rights to cell-clusters, you might want to change your name.

LookbeforeIleap
LookbeforeIleap

@msfolly @MoFaux 

Unchecked?

The Dems have been on the sidelines in the HOR for 3 of the last 5 years. They don't have a super majority in the Senate and Obama has been blocked at every turn for any major policy shifts.

STOP LISTENING TO FOX NEWS!!!  It does bad things to your brain.


honested
honested

@msfolly @MoFaux 

Please don't repeat the am radio talking points from the paid liars on Atlanta am radio.

It just devalues whatever point you were trying to make.

MoFaux
MoFaux

@msfolly @MoFaux How's that?  The House has been a Republican majority for a while now.  I would qualify that as a definite check/balance.  It's been the most do-nothing congress in a long time.  We need more people willing to reach across the aisle, and not just to slap the other person, but rather to WORK with them.  Nunn appears to be able to do that, while Perdue does not.

MasterJ
MasterJ

@honested @MasterJ


Huh?  What did my comment have to do with 'judicial activism'?


You're getting more and more incoherent with each post.  Are you taking shots of Jim Beam in between posts?


And while we're on the subject, you do know that without judicial activism, abortion would be illegal in most states.  And yes, conservative are against judicial activism.  But that doesn't mean we can't have a good time when it bites liberals.

msfolly
msfolly

@MoFaux  They had their chance, and I am ready for a change.



honested
honested

@MasterJ @honested 

Abortion before 'quickening' was common in the United States prior to 1873 when the first restrictions were passed to satisfy the interests of physicians in an attempt to crowd out midwives.

Roe just took us back to the situation that existed at the founding.

Adding rights for cell clusters and corporations (a point Thomas Jefferson was adamantly opposed to at the founding) is a definitive 'activist' step.

Kamchak
Kamchak

@MasterJ 

you do know that without judicial activism, abortion would be illegal in most states. 

Got proof?

Please, show your work.

Thanks in advance, sport.

honested
honested

@msfolly @honested @MoFaux 

So you aren't aware you are just repeating wrong-wing lying points from the paid liars on Atlanta's AM Radio Lying Leader?

MoFaux
MoFaux

@msfolly @MoFaux Not really, imo.  Republicans have never in history fought this much against a sitting POTUS.  More filibusters in the last 6 years than ever before.

MasterJ
MasterJ

@honested @MasterJ


Nice revisionist interpretation of history.


But my question is this, if these 'cell clusters' as you call them, aren't human beings, then why do they have unique human DNA?