Skip to comments.Georgia Senate runoff: Nasty, brutish — and long
Posted on 05/21/2014 6:00:03 AM PDT by GIdget2004
Republicans in Washington got the result they wanted in Georgia: Two candidates viewed as the strongest contenders to keep a Senate seat central to the fight for the majority.
But the runoff between Rep. Jack Kingston and businessman David Perdue will be nasty, brutish and long. As in the lengthiest in the states political history a nine-week intra-party slugfest at a critical moment in the battle for control of the Senate.
The good part of a longer contest is that it allows campaigns to restock their respective war chests for the runoff, said Georgia Sen. Johnny Isakson, a Republican who lost a three-week runoff in 1996 for the Senate GOP nomination.
The bad thing is its nine weeks, and its really a third race, Isakson said Tuesday. Now you got a runoff that is the length of some general elections endurance-wise, organizationally and cost-wise, its really going to put a burden on whoever is in it.
Republicans will have a choice between Kingston, an 11-term congressman who has the backing of the likes of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and Sean Hannity and Perdue, a first-time candidate who boasts of turning around Fortune 500 companies and being an outsider. The winner will take on Democrat Michelle Nunn, who has yet to be tested after skating to her partys nomination Tuesday night.
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Conservatives deserve better than these two RINOs.
I am a very frustrated person since I moved from Alabama to Georgia. In Alabama I felt like I had a say in most elections as the conservative or the firebrand I wanted was almost always elected. Since moving here it seems like no one I vote for in the primary ever wins and I have to sort of hold my nose to almost gag when I vote in the general election. Truth is that Georgia is mostly a “moderate” state.
The problem was it was a crowded field of wanna-bes and accusations, that it was tough to tell truth from lies. Add to that there was not much publicity about whom the Tea Party supported. Sarah Palin endorsed Karen Handel, who has done nothing for the past ten years while in various positions, but run for a higher office - four I believe. Handel doesn't have a college degree (hard to believe in this era of diploma mills) and I suspect a lot of people thought she would end up being intimidated.
Too many yankee yuppies moved South, who team up with blacks like Cynthia McKinney and John Lewis, and supported by morons like Jimmuh Carter.
The conservative vote split between Handel & Broun. If you add their totals together, the sum marginally higher than Purdue’s, and very comfortably above Kingston’s.
You’re right, though. It’s an uninspiring choice. I’m going for Purdue b/c I am just so sick of Kingston. He’s been my Rep since I moved here several elections ago, & he has managed to alienate me completely. [Mostly with unintentionally insulting replies to the many emails I’ve sent him. (I.e.: he’s been in DC/the GOPe so long that he has no idea how to speak to an informed constituent. He replies as if I’m in grade-school, & have zero info on any/every issue.)] I’m hoping Purdue will be even nominally better. With Kingston, I am totally fed up.
We did our best.
I agree. Somewhere we have to get conservatives that are willing to throw their ambition away to team up and pick one that everyone backs. Every damn election we have more conservatives than moderates running and they split the vote.
Nope...Carter, Lewis, and their ilk existed, and flourished, long before any yuppies even heard of Jawja.
You said it. This was a very crowded field, & loyalties were divided. If we conservatives had managed to get a single Tea Partier/real conservative in, to the exclusion of others, we’d be in the run-off.
Of course it didn’t help that Kingston was portraying himself as the arch-conservative. I wonder how many low information voters bought it? Add to that Perdue’s self-titled “outsider” status/label, & you get a veritable witch’s brew.
Oh well; yet another cycle down the drain.
Welcome to my world for the last 28 years. We are going to be lucky if we avoid David Perdue getting elected. He will just be Saxby’s third term. Kingston is no crusader but better than Perdue.
We need to get rid of Isakson in 2016 but why bother if we end up with another Perdue or Kingston. Maybe Handel and Broun will have better luck in that race.
We will have to give Nathan “Raw” Deal four more years just avoid Jason Carter.
This is why I keep saying we have gone beyond the ballot box. Nothing will ever change in congress except the faces and names.
Yes and a big part is that even the “conservative” voters (in their mind at least) just check the name they have heard the most. They only change when they have personally been pissed off about something.
I spent less time on this primary than ever in my voting life as I researched most of the races yesterday morning before 7 am yet I feel like I was better informed than 90% of the people that voted. If I could just get them all to listen to me. I usually bring about 10-15 votes from people that just agree with me and wait for me to tell them who to vote for (which I don’t like either but better than the other way).
Unfortunately, Perdue won’t. If he’s the nominee, he’ll be the most liberal RINO nominee for high office in Georgia probably since Hal Suit ran against Carter for Governor in 1970.
The method for choosing nominees needs to be changed. We need something along the lines of the Utah method of convention pre-selected nominees. We also ought to go the route of drafting candidates as well. It’s always the left-leaning ones that have the strongest desire to run and big $$ to do it, and that has to be halted.
I was thinking on something more along the line of the Australian ballot. It prevents runoffs, and “wasted” votes and gives third parties a fair chance.
ON the ballot the voter ranks each of the candidates. A candidate must pass 50% to be elected.
First, all the first choice votes compared. If no candidate makes it past 50%, then the candidate with the lowest percentage is dropped and his first choice votes go to the voters’ second choices and the process starts again. It continues until one candidate gets over 50%.