10:23 AM, Apr 18, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Jack Kingston, the Savannah-based Republican congressman running for the U.S. Senate, has been endorsed by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Here's more from the Washington Post:
"Now more than ever we need conservative leaders with a demonstrated record of fighting for Georgia jobs, and that leader is Jack Kingston. As senator, Jack will help lead America’s comeback and lay the groundwork for more jobs, more growth, and a generation of prosperity," said Rob Engstrom, the business group's political director.
The chamber's endorsement is important because the group has been known to spend significant money on behalf of candidates it supports.
Kingston is in a five-way primary for the Republican nomination, facing businessman David Perdue, former secretary of state Karen Handel, and two of his House colleagues: Paul Broun and Phil Gingrey. Kingston has earned the endorsement of Sean Hannity, and is considered a favorite among Republican strategists in Washington. The well-funded Kingston campaign released a 30-second TV ad this week, focused on his plan to get more welfare and food-stamp recipients back to work. Watch it below:
A poll released Thursday found Kingston in second place in the GOP primary, with 15 percent support, behind David Perdue at 19 percent. Perdue was the first primary candidate to run TV ads, though his campaign hit a snag recently after video footage was released showing the businessman (and cousin of former governor Sonny Perdue) criticizing one of his opponents for only having a high school diploma. That candidate was Karen Handel, who polled not far behind Kingston with 13 percent support. Handel has been buoyed in her underfunded campaign by endorsements from Sarah Palin and Arizona governor Jan Brewer, as well as the fallout from the Perdue video.
The Republicans are running to succeed retiring GOP senator Saxby Chambliss. The primary will be on May 20, and in this crowded field, no candidate is likely to get the requisite 50 percent support. The top two vote-getters will advance to a July 22 runoff, the winner of which will face presumptive Democratic nominee Michelle Nunn.
10:41 AM, Apr 14, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Michelle Nunn, the presumptive Democratic nominee for an open Senate seat in Georgia, has raised $2.4 million in the first quarter of 2014. The Associated Press reports:
A spokesman for Democrat Michelle Nunn says she'll report about $2.4 million in contributions, her strongest fundraising quarter to date in her bid for Georgia's open U.S. Senate seat.
Kingston gets Hannity support.12:10 PM, Apr 11, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Sarah Palin, the former Alaska governor and 2008 vice presidential candidate, features heavily in a new TV ad from Georgia Senate candidate Karen Handel. "You know her background. You know her record," says Palin, who endorsed Handel two weeks ago. "The conservative who has walked the walk."
Watch the 30-second ad below:
1:15 PM, Apr 10, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Three Republican House members from Georgia, who are also running for the Senate, voted against their conference's budget Thursday. Jack Kingston, Phil Gingrey, and Paul Broun joined nine other Republicans in voting against the budget, authored by chairman Paul Ryan of Wisconsin.
10:55 AM, Apr 10, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
In a new radio ad, Republican Senate candidate Karen Handel of Georgia hits back at her primary opponent David Perdue for his recently released comments about her lack of a college education. Perdue also touted his international business experience. The minute-long Handel ad replays Perdue's comments.
12:15 PM, Apr 7, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Karen Handel, the former secretary of state of Georgia, has raised $200,000 in the past two weeks for her campaign for Senate, according to a spokesman. The cash-strapped Republican, who is facing better financed primary opponents, has raised more in that time than she had in the previous quarter.
9:29 AM, Apr 3, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Michelle Nunn, the likely Democratic nominee for Senate in Georgia, has released her first 30-second TV ad of the campaign. Nunn is the daughter of former senator Sam Nunn, but the ad seeks to introduce her more broadly to voters in Georgia.
"Some people ask me why, with all the dysfunction in Washington, I'm running for Senate," Nunn says in a voiceover. "In the end, I think it comes down to being an optimist."
8:02 AM, Apr 3, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
A leading Republican candidate for U.S. Senate in Georgia criticized a fellow primary opponent for having only a high school degree. David Perdue, a businessman and first-time candidate for office, was touting his experience and education to a group of voters in January when he made a reference to "a high school graduate in this race."
That candidate is Karen Handel, the former secretary of state and gubernatorial candidate. Handel left an abusive home at age 17, according to her campaign, and finished high school. She never graduated from college.
10:01 AM, Mar 19, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Republican congressman Paul Broun, who is running for the U.S. Senate in Georgia, has paid part of his annual taxpayer-funded budget as a House member on a campaign consultant company.
Atlanta-based WSB-TV reports that Broun paid $33,000 to O'Donnell & Associates, a campaign communications firm, from his official congressional account. When the WSB reporter attempted to ask Broun about the expenditure, Broun did not answer and entered his Capitol Hill office. Watch the video below:
5:56 PM, Mar 10, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Republican congressman Paul Broun is leading a field of five Senate candidates in Georgia, a new poll has found. Broun has 27 percent of the GOP primary vote, according to a poll commissioned by liberal group Better Georgia. Broun's competitors came in relatively far behind, with fellow congressman Phil Gingrey in second with 14 percent, congressman Jack Kingston with 13 percent, and businessman David Perdue with 12 percent. Former secretary of state Karen Handel registered 9 percent support.
3:37 PM, Mar 3, 2014 • By TEMURI YAKOBASHVILI
On Friday, President Obama noted that “any violation of Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity would be deeply destabilizing, which is not in the interests of Ukraine, Russia, or Europe.” But it also matters deeply to the United States of A
9:01 AM, Feb 27, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Jack Kingston, the longtime Republican congressman from Georgia and a U.S. Senate candidate, is out with his first TV ad of the primary season. The 30-second spot will introduce Kingston, a South Georgian based in Savannah, to the rest of the state, particularly the Atlanta media market. The message of the ad is that Kingston is a principled conservative who shares values with the state's Republican voters. Watch it below:
5:01 PM, Feb 20, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
The 2014 Republican primary for U.S. Senate in Georgia remains effectively tied up among the five top candidates, according to a new poll. Businessman David Perdue, a first-time candidate and cousin of former governor Sonny Perdue, has the lead with 12.7 percent, the Daily Caller reports.