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Georgia's Senate Primary: A Race to the End

9:35 AM, May 20, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
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A more recent endorsement from Erick Erickson, the Atlanta drive-home talk radio host and TV pundit, has only added to Handel’s momentum in the final weeks of the primary race. A few internal polls showed her overtaking Kingston and just behind Perdue, but in all likelihood, it’s a toss-up between Handel and Kingston for second place and a chance in the runoff. Handel will need to beat Kingston in those same metro Atlanta counties. Handel's momentum took off at maybe the perfect time for her, just as early voting was about to begin. But against two-better funded, more consistent campaigns, it remains to be seen whether she can overcome her early deficits.

All five candidates are looking to replace retiring Republican senator Saxby Chambliss. While Michelle Nunn and national Democrats were hoping for a match-up with Paul Broun or Phil Gingrey, seeing both candidates are their best shot to win back a Senate seat, the likely nomination of either Handel, Kingston, or Perdue makes that race more difficult for the Democrats.

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