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When polls close: AJC election results for Tuesday’s runoffs

  • 5:22 pm Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014 by Jim Galloway

Surely, you’ve been following the AJC elections team on the ajc.com home page, Facebook or Twitter. And here, of course.

But once we hit the bewitching hour of 7 p.m. , these are your best links for tonight’s drama:

Top races at glance, including the all-important GOP runoff for U.S. Senate. Click here for mobile updates;

The Democratic and Republican runoffs for state school superintendent to replace incumbent John Barge;

Runoffs for three U.S. House seats, including three GOP contests that pit establishment candidates against tea partyers: Buddy Carter v. Bob Johnson in the [More]

A hair-pin turn in U.S. Senate race puts the focus on Michelle Nunn

  • 10:24 am Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014 by Daniel Malloy, Greg Bluestein and Jim Galloway

Georgia’s first – and perhaps last – nine-week primary runoff concludes today. A hair-pin turn in the race to replace U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss is already underway.

Republicans Jack Kingston and David Perdue have thrown millions of dollars’ worth of insults at each other. Kingston has accused Perdue of consorting with the French. Perdue, on slightly firmer ground, has accused Kingston of being a member of Congress.

In Washington, The Hill newspaper has found someone willing to offer a highly technical assessment of the situation:

They’ve been beating the crap out of each other,” said Georgia-based Republican strategist Chip Lake, who [More]

Georgia elections rap Volume 2: The runoff rhyme

  • 6:30 am Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014 by Daniel Malloy

Our own Daniel Malloy explains today’s runoffs as only he can, with all due credit to the Wu-Tang Clan.

(Here’s his first effort from May.)

5 Things to Watch in the U.S. Senate Race

  • 6:00 am Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014 by Daniel Malloy and Greg Bluestein

Runoff day is finally here, kids. First, check out our premium story on why the Republicans never want this nine-week slog again. This evening, monitor the election returns at ajc.com and follow us on Twitter.

For an in-depth look at the candidates, read our profiles of Rep. Jack Kingston and businessman David Perdue. And throughout the day, keep tabs on these five things we’ll be watching as Republicans decide which one of the candidates will be their U.S. Senate nominee.

1. Overall turnout: Will the rain and the negativity of the race depress turnout that was [More]

U.S. Chamber goes last-minute negative on ‘baby’ David Perdue

  • 6:38 pm Monday, July 21st, 2014 by Daniel Malloy

David Perdue’s tussle with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, we surmised, was timed so the Chamber did not have enough time to drop a negative ad.

Well, on Election Eve, here comes the Chamber with an ad blasting Perdue and pumping Jack Kingston as voters go to the polls. It even stole his baby theme. Here’s the script:

“The U.S. Chamber of Commerce stands up for American enterprise. We fight for jobs. So why is David Perdue attacking us?

“Well, he sought our endorsement several times but didn’t get it. Now, losing and desperate, David is crying like a little baby. [More]

The hijacking of #weknownathan

  • 6:25 pm Monday, July 21st, 2014 by Greg Bluestein

On the Monday after a week of brutal media scrutiny over a 3-year-old ethics case, the campaign of Republican incumbent Gov. Nathan Deal really, really wanted to win the Internet. So far, it’s not working out.

The governor’s morning

Carter spokesman Bryan Thomas piled on:

These Republicans tried to fight back……

But the conversation remained largely critical:

Topping it off, late Monday, the Democratic hit squad Better Georgia quickly snapped up WeKnowNathan.com and put a top 10 list about the governor with this headline: “We know Nathan…We just wish we didn’t.

Oof. @GaRepublicans may be 'smarter than Carter,' but they didn't buy the URL [More]

Jack Kingston accuses David Perdue of consorting with terrorists. Or the French.

  • 3:27 pm Monday, July 21st, 2014 by Jim Galloway

Jack Kingston may be telling us that tomorrow’s GOP runoff against David Perdue, for the U.S. Senate seat of Saxby Chambliss, may be closer than we think.

Below is the partial flipside from a comparison mailer sent out by Kingston, accusing his Republican rival, David Perdue, of hobnobbing with terrorists. Or the French. One or the other:

The accusatory line is: “Investor in a French bank that did business with terrorists.” Take your pick as to which half of that sentence should scare you.

We told you about the situation earlier this month. The French bank BNP Paribas pleaded guilty [More]

A second opinion on Kasim Reed’s vision of Atlanta’s future

  • 2:18 pm Monday, July 21st, 2014 by Jim Galloway

One of our most clicked-on posts of the last month featured Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed’s view of his city in the year 2050, which first appeared in the Wall Street Journal. A taste:

…Cities, in short, are ascendant. National governments—in the U.S. and overseas—are all but broken and hold little promise for mending themselves in the future. As such, people and businesses will turn to cities for leadership, bold thinking, effective services and, yes, hope.

What will these cities look like and how will they work? Public safety is the most fundamental responsibility of city government; thus, cities in the future [More]

Rain may not be the only thing that dampens GOP runoff fervor

  • 12:22 pm Monday, July 21st, 2014 by Greg Bluestein, Daniel Malloy and Jim Galloway

The weather gods are forecasting a 50 percent chance of rain on Tuesday, which is likely to depress voter turnout beyond already meager expectations for tomorrow’s runoff contests. A single-digit showing is possible.

But something else may be sprinkling cold water on GOP excitement.

This morning, Gov. Nathan Deal held a conference call with a small group of Republican state senators – and one of your Insiders, who listened in.

In addition to affecting surveys conducted in Georgia, these numbers also make the state GOP effort to regroup in every county f***

This morning, interim DeKalb County CEO Lee May, Clerk of Superior Court [More]

Nathan Deal says he won’t ‘leave anything on table’ in re-elect bid

  • 9:50 am Monday, July 21st, 2014 by Greg Bluestein

Gov. Nathan Deal’s conference call with GOP lawmakers this morning was less of a defense of his office’s role in the fallout over the ethics memo and more of an impassioned plea for fellow Republicans to regroup against Democrats mounting a growing threat to their political supremacy.

Trailing in fundraising and lagging in a recent poll behind Democrat Jason Carter, Deal suggested that the ethics memo has given his campaign a jolt. He said he’s been “somewhat deferential” during the long runoff period to avoid distracting attention from GOP races for Senate and superintendent, but that will [More]

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