Skip to comments.Georgia Runoff: Republicans Pick Senate and House Nominees Tuesday
Posted on 07/21/2014 6:04:15 PM PDT by cotton1706
Georgia Republicans will pick their nominee for Senate in a runoff Tuesday, ending Democratic nominee Michelle Nunns nine-week wait for an opponent in the open-seat contest.
The Senate contest has reverberated around the Peach State, creating three open-seat House races with GOP runoffs that will also be decided Tuesday.
In the statewide race, many Republicans said Rep. Jack Kingston, R-Ga., has a small edge over former Dollar General and Reebok CEO David Perdue. Both of whom have spent millions on the anticipated low-turnout contest, and polls close at 7 p.m.
In May, Perdue came in first in a seven-candidate Republican primary field that included three members of Congress with 31 percent below the 50 percent threshold to avoid a runoff. Kingston came in second with 26 percent.
But turnout in a mid-summer runoff is unpredictable. And a Republican runoff in Kingstons 1st District could also help boost the congressmans chances because turnout may be higher in his geographic base.
The Senate race is rated Favored Republican by the Rothenberg Political Report/Roll Call.
All three House races are rated Safe Republican contests by the Rothenberg Political Report/Roll Call.
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Lots of negative adds from both camps.
Kingston has 22 years... He’s part of the problem even if he and the other guy are similar... Going with the other guy... (notice my lack of enthusiasm at my choices....)
Heard an ad for K on the truck radio just this afternoon. (I guess some guys just never quit :) It was a 60 sec ad and touted various “conservative” people and organizations backing K.
When the ad said the National Chamber of Commerce, I ‘bout wrecked my truck :)
I live in SC and don’t know K from a hole in the ground. But his ads have a pronounced GOPe ring to them.
Neither candidate is great, but neither is terrible, either. I preferred Paul Broun but these are my remaining choices...
Kingston is no prize. Perdue is another rich liberal using his name and fortune trying to buy office.
Both of them are losers but, I guess, better than Michelle Nunn.
I’m not a cheerleader for Kingston. Everybody knows I supported Paul Broun. But I have a feeling David Perdue would be Saxby Chambliss’s third term. At least Kingston has a voting record you can lool at. Its not bad.
And Perdue wins narrowly, OF COURSE. Of course. Of course. Kingston deserved strong and unqualified support from all conservatives in this runoff, too many people pretended both were “just as bad” and too many others fell for Perdue’s “outsider” speel.
But that doesn’t mean I want that dykey looking Nunn Jr. to win, I unequivocally support every Republican nominee for the Senate.
In the House races, Hice wins, he seems a bit nutty to me but whatever, it’s a super-safe seat, hopefully he pisses off some libs.
Loudermilk CRUSHES that piece of crap Barr, hopefully putting the final nail in his pathetic comeback attempts. Go away Bob.
In another race, the GOP nomination for School’s School Superintendent is too close to call. Richard Woods leads Michael Buck by less than 1000 votes with 100% in. Based on a brief examination of the race I’d say Woods is the better man.
The rat nominee for Sec of State is also named Carter, no relation (unless she’s descended from some of Jimmuh’s great grand pappy’s slaves). Carter/Carter and Nunn, the rat ticket from Georgia, what year is this?
Hice 10th district, not one of the SUPER safe ones I was thinking of, but still safe enough for Broun.
Thanks for your excellent insight.
One thing is clear, the WORST of the candidates won the GOP nomination.
And another Carter won to succeed Kingston in GA-1 as the GOP nominee. He was not the preferred candidate here, either.
Best news of the night, IMO. (ironically Barr was one of my favorite Congressmen in the 90s, before he turned traitor)
Barr hadn’t run a successful race for the House in 14 years. If he hadn’t been so arrogant in trying to force John Linder out and run in the seat Phil Gingrey did, he might’ve still had his seat today. Then again, if he flaked out in office as he did out of office, perhaps not.
Oh I forgot about that one, Buddy Carter, he’s the jerk who said “Obamacare is not that bad” and even called it by it’s Orwellian name “the unaffordable whatever act”.
He won by 8 points. Ugh.
Yes I remember how Barr ran against Linder for a safe seat in 2002 after the rat remap, abandoning the new version of his own seat which was made more competitive. And he lost and Gingrey held the seat anyway as Georgia voters gave a huge FU to the rats that year.
Is it just me or does actor Simon Callow look a lot like Bob Barr? It’s uncanny.
The rest of the time, nope. He looks a bit like Patrick Stewart with hair though:
However, I remember during the Obama church controversy, some freepers were saying Jemimah Wright resembles Barr. That's eerily true, especially when Barr wore his older pair of glasses. Did Barr get ordained a minister, become pastor of a radical leftist black church, and start giving "kill whitey" sermons in his spare time? I wouldn't put it past him. ;-)
Yeah, I was gonna say, not as safe as it used to be (the state Speaker just had to draw an über-safe new GA-09 in his Hall County home that didn’t take in large parts of Gwinnet so that no Atlanta suburbanite could beat a Hall County denizen, leaving surrounding GA-07 and GA-10 potentially competitive. Thanks a lot.
I hope that Hice doesn’t make that race too interesting.
Were exit polls taken? It would be interesting to see how many Democrats crossed over to vote for Perdue. (Although he won by too many votes for Kingston to be able to challenge the results based on people who voted illegally after having voted in the RAT primary last month.)
Looking around this morning I can’t find any exit polls. One article did note that Perdue spent $3 million of his own money on the campaign.
I agree. I just hope Perdue does not turn out to be the major effing disappointment I suspect he will be.
What district of GA do you live in?
The Senate runoff was a big disappointment. David Perdue won by 51% to 49%, close but not enough where a recount would matter. Perdue strikes me as Southern Fried Romney.
The House races:
District 1- state Senator Buddy Carter defeated conservative doctor Bob Johnson. A disappointment, but not a disaster, Carter seems acceptable.
District 10- Jody Hice could be a gaffe machine in the future, the Todd Akin of Georgia, but he’s safe to win the election. Mike Collins was also conservative. As long as Hice doesn’t run for statewide office.
District 11- I rather like Bob Barr, but Barry Loudermilk has good Libertarian credentials too. Also, Barr’s just ending his career, while Loudermilk will be around for a while. I’m happy with this result.
Buddy Carter said that? I had no idea. His victory is not good news.
Looking into it further, in complete context his (Buddy Carter’s) remarks were not nearly as bad as I thought, obviously I was repeating a line from an attack ad. The full offensive quote was:
“some of the things that have happened so far are not so bad,”
He followed that with “the worst part is yet to come.”
The entire quoation
<<<<<<<<<<Another area that is of great concern to me, and of which I have just a little bit of experience, is health care. You know, were at a crossroads in our country today. Were about to undertake Obamacare. So far it started, and some of the things that have happened so far are not so bad. But the worst part is yet to come. We are blessed in the United States with the best health care system in the world. And I want to make sure we keep that. Now, there are going to be drastic changes that take place with Obamacare. As a health care professional and a leader in health care, we need someone with experience, someone with health care experience, in Washington, D.C., to make sure that our health care system in the state of Georgia remains the very best in all the world, and I will commit to you I will make certain that happens. <<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<
I don’t agree with him that Obamacare hasn’t been 100% awful but it’s not like he’s a quasi-supporter of it who then flip flopped, as I erroneously thought. He’s consistently called for it’s repeal.
Still would have preferred that he lost.
He ran attack ads of his own, attacking Johnson for membership in and endorsement from groups that support Obamacare., those “groups” being 1 group, the AMA, Johnson is a doctor.
I don’t like to see dishonest ads in GOP primaries.
I don’t live in GA. I follow elections nationwide.
Oh yeah I mean what county a guy is from, that’s much more important than optimizing the partisan balance of the districts!!!! Can’t trust those a-holes from the next county over!!
I’m not aware of any exit polling
Says there was no major crossover effort and implies those that did crossover would focuses on picking a weaker candidate (I think that’s the inexperienced Perdue but he does better in recent polls than Kingston).
I don’t agree with that, If democrats in Missisippi thought that way they’d have voted for McDaniel, hoping disgruntled Cochran fans would vote dem like some Lugar fans did in Indiana. They instead voted for the RINO Cochran.
Our side also doesn’t think that way, remember the 2004 rat primary for Governor in Missouri? Incumbent Bob Holden was super unpopular and dead meat for the general election but we had freepers (1 idiotic jerk in particular got my goat) here BOASTING about crossing over and beating him in the rat primary with Claire McCaskil, who nearly upset Matt Blunt, and because of her raised profile was able to win the Senate seat 2 years later.
I would think however many crossover rat votes there were, they mostly supported Perdue because he’s less conservative.
Once again I ask what district of GA do you live in? The reason I ask is because I don’t think you live in GA or have any idea of the political makeup of the state. In fact if I remember correctly you are always front and center on the confederate threads bashing the confederacy. So why are you so interested in our state’s politics? I’m waiting for your answer.
The magic of search engines. The jerk I remember was from a discussion about the 2004 primary in 2009. So my memory isn’t as great as I thought!
GOP crossover in 2004 primary was just his nonsensical fantasy. The guy predicted that no Missouri Governor would ever be reelected again, all would be denied renomination if they ran, I wish I remembered to rub it in his face when *ickless Nixon was reelected (after having faced no serious primary opposition).
I figured as much since you seem to have no idea about what counties are conservative or not. You have no clue of why Perdue won or Kingston lost since you don’t know anything about the the state of GA. Anymore than I have a clue about Iowa or Colorado.
Wasn’t Perdue endorsed by some black rapper right before the run-off? That’s what made me wonder whether there had been a concerted crossover effort by Democrats to nominate
“Oh yeah I mean what county a guy is from, thats much more important than optimizing the partisan balance of the districts!!!! Cant trust those a-holes from the next county over!!”
BTW, I misremembered the person pushing a Hall County CD. It wasn’t the Speaker of the House, but the President of the Senate, Lt. Governor Casey Cagle. Cagle is from Hall County, as is Gov. Nathan Deal. Those are the two Republicans responsible for the GA-09 being über-Republican at the expense of other CDs.
I mistook district nine for district ten, big deal.
What are you mad at me because I think Hice is a bit nutty? Sorry to disagree with you about him, your majesty. About women running for office he said If the woman’s within the authority of her husband, I don’t see a problem,, that’s a bit nutty to me. And the creationist Broun is a bit nutty to me too.
To answer your second question Why do I care who is elected to Congress? LOL. Is that a serious question? Every member of Congress has power over all our lives.
You never take interest in races outside of Georgia? I remember you posting favorably about Tancredo in Colorado.
Your assertion that I can know nothing about Georgia elections because I don’t live there is a silly one, often repeated by people whenever somebody from out of state DARES to disagree with them about something.
Based on some on the morons who’ve said that to me I know MUCH more about their state’s politics than them.
I’m NOT putting you in that group Georgia Girl but I’m just saying, it’s a stupid and lazy debating tactic that I’m tired of addressing. If you want to debate with me stick to the issue at hand rather than attempting to undercut my credibility, I can read and I can see and I can hear, therefore I’m capable of being knowledgeable about politics in Canada or Ireland, let alone Georgia, and SO ARE YOU if you so choose.
I know, I was being sarcastic with that line.
Personally I don’t give a rat’s patoot where someone is from and dislike that being a factor in redistricting ahead of partisan optimization.
If my Congressman could be a conservative from the other end of the state, I’d be thrilled.
Ah, he tweeted his support and then deleted it when his followers complained he endorsed a Republican.
Maybe he’s a Republican, or maybe he was high.
Best to assume the worst and be surprised if he does anything remotely right...
Like I said you have no clue about the politics of GA or the make up of the state. Your posts about the counties and districts are ignorant since you are ignorant of the politics of the state. You are just spouting nonsense.
Tom Tancredo ran for the Presidency in 2008. He is a national figure. Many people outside of Colorado know him and what he stands for. I would never attempt to dissect the where’s and why fors of the internal politics of another state.
What state are you from? Why not comment on the politics of that state where hopefully you have some valid information.
Oh, I knew that you were being sarcastic; my point is that it wasn’t xenophobia, but hometown boosterism at play. What a couple of maroons.
Impy’s OK, he’s a good guy. There’s a group of us that follow elections nationwide.
Yes since the bar for Perdue is so low hopefully he will exceed it. You can see by looking at the county by county voting that it was strictly throw the incumbents out last night. Now we get to see what Perdue will do differently if he gets by Michelle Nunn which by all rights should not be hard. She has all the warmth and personality of a marshmellow and zero agenda.
Mr. GG2 and I will vote for Perdue in Nov because we cannot allow the Demos to get a foothold of power here. With all the dang Yankees moving here and voting to turn our state into the same chithole they came from up North its going to be hard.
Well he’s not a good guy if you are from the South and you have to listen to his venom spewed on confederate threads. So its all relevant. I have no idea why the guy is even interested in the South since he has such hatred for our history and culture. I just have to point it out. I have said all I’m going to say about it on this thread but he knows who he is.
So I guess we are all voting for Perdue in November. :-)
I’m just hoping for a miracle here in TN to toss the execrable Lamar!, but with open primaries and no runoffs, it will be exceptionally difficult for Joe Carr. I won’t be voting for Lamar! under any circumstances. I did in 2002 and that was the last time. He has no business running for a 3rd term, especially after his own personal mantra from his book was explicit... “Two terms and OUT !” Nothing but a liar he is.
If you want to actually defend Hice’s remark on it’s merits, (or WHATEVER it is I’ve said that you disagree with so strongly) feel free.
And once again, I mistook district nine for ten and quickly caught the mistake,
not sure why you’re harping on that. I am familiar with the partisan balance of all congressional districts, and you can be as well, it’s public information, not a secret that they only tell to Georgians. I can also read about things people from Georgia say through the magic of the printed word.
Well, I’ve known Impy since he effectively started posting here a decade ago. He & I are part of a group on FR that follow/report/comment on elections from coast to coast.
I’m not sure what you’re referring to with respect to “Confederate threads” or his participation in them. I know there’s occasionally some discussions, usually if about a book or some such, though I’m not sure beyond that what kind of purpose they particularly serve.
I know there’s a contingent of neo-Confederates at FR, but what agenda they’re attempting to pursue is unclear. My personal opinion where the Civil War is concerned is that there’s a ton of hypocrisy to go around on both sides. The Northern side did not corner the market on virtue while the South did not corner the market on vice.
It is very hard to unseat incumbents. Just as its hard to get the really good people elected. If they don’t have the money then they are handicapped. What you most often end up with is the mediocre person in a postion of great power and responsibility.
Sadly, all true, especially under the current system. One thing is clear, however, we need to completely change the process by which a candidate is nominated. It’s frequently poisoned by chicanery from the opposition, and that must end.
I have realized also that most people are not conservative like you and me. Most people are middle of the road. That is how these RINO’s get elected and remain in office. A sad fact of life.
Well, most people don’t live, eat, breathe and sleep politics to spend intense attention. They may only rely on a few sources and commercials that are less than honest about the “product.”
I also believe not everyone should even participate in the political process unless they are informed. I don’t know squat about sports, for example, and how right would it be for me to participate in something involving a serious sports decision ? If you can’t answer some basic questions about an election, candidates, even some political history, you have no business casting a vote. Way too many uninformed people.