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Georgia Senate runoff: Nasty, brutish and long
Politico ^ | 05/21/2014 | Manu Raju

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 state’s 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 it’s nine weeks, and it’s 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, it’s 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 party’s nomination Tuesday night.

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1 posted on 05/21/2014 6:00:03 AM PDT by GIdget2004
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To: GIdget2004
Save some ammo for the REAL enemy:


2 posted on 05/21/2014 6:08:38 AM PDT by The Sons of Liberty ("Our brethren are already in the field! Why stand we here idle?" - Patrick Henry, 1775)
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To: GIdget2004

Conservatives deserve better than these two RINOs.


3 posted on 05/21/2014 6:09:44 AM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (Resist We Much)
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To: fieldmarshaldj

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.


4 posted on 05/21/2014 6:23:11 AM PDT by mikesmad
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To: fieldmarshaldj
Conservatives deserve better than these two RINOs.

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.

5 posted on 05/21/2014 6:27:16 AM PDT by The Sons of Liberty ("Our brethren are already in the field! Why stand we here idle?" - Patrick Henry, 1775)
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To: mikesmad
Truth is that Georgia is mostly a “moderate” state.

Too many yankee yuppies moved South, who team up with blacks like Cynthia McKinney and John Lewis, and supported by morons like Jimmuh Carter.

6 posted on 05/21/2014 6:29:45 AM PDT by The Sons of Liberty ("Our brethren are already in the field! Why stand we here idle?" - Patrick Henry, 1775)
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To: fieldmarshaldj

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.


7 posted on 05/21/2014 6:32:10 AM PDT by Fantasywriter (Any attempt to do forensic work using Internet artifacts is fraught with pitfalls. JoeProbono)
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To: fieldmarshaldj

We did our best.


8 posted on 05/21/2014 6:36:58 AM PDT by Little Ray (How did I end up in this hand-basket, and why is it getting so hot?)
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To: Fantasywriter

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.


9 posted on 05/21/2014 6:49:12 AM PDT by mikesmad
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To: The Sons of Liberty
"Too many yankee yuppies moved South....."

Nope...Carter, Lewis, and their ilk existed, and flourished, long before any yuppies even heard of Jawja.

10 posted on 05/21/2014 6:49:15 AM PDT by diogenes ghost
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To: mikesmad

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.


11 posted on 05/21/2014 6:58:41 AM PDT by Fantasywriter (Any attempt to do forensic work using Internet artifacts is fraught with pitfalls. JoeProbono)
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To: mikesmad

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.


12 posted on 05/21/2014 7:16:51 AM PDT by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose o f a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: Georgia Girl 2

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).


13 posted on 05/21/2014 7:40:59 AM PDT by mikesmad
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To: Fantasywriter

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.


14 posted on 05/21/2014 8:41:47 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (Resist We Much)
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To: Little Ray

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.


15 posted on 05/21/2014 8:44:55 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (Resist We Much)
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To: fieldmarshaldj

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%.


16 posted on 05/22/2014 4:22:08 AM PDT by Little Ray (How did I end up in this hand-basket, and why is it getting so hot?)
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