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.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution has more on the poll, which was conducted by Democratic polling firm PPP:
It gets more interesting in head-to-head matchups with Democratic front-runner Michelle Nunn. Respondents had Nunn and Broun at a 38 percent deadlock, and Nunn with slight leads over Kingston, Handel and Gingrey. (A matchup between Nunn and Perdue was apparently not one of the questions.)
The poll involved 580 voters surveyed between March 5-6. Roughly half of the respondents said they generally vote in GOP primaries and 41 percent vote in Democratic contests. Some 49 percent favored Mitt Romney in 2012, compared to 43 percent who backed Barack Obama.
The candidates are all vying for the seat being vacated by retiring Republican Saxby Chambliss. Democrats consider the seat a potential opportunity for a pick-up in a red state, and some Georgia donors say Broun's nomination would shift traditional business-community dollars to the Democrat, Michelle Nunn:
The consensus choice for the “wrong” Republican candidate is Paul Broun, the Athens-based antigovernment congressman who says evolution and the Big Bang theory are “lies straight from the pit of hell” and as recently as 2010 said he “didn’t know” if Barack Obama was an American citizen. While the candidates have almost indistinguishable views on policy—they all support repealing Obamacare, oppose amnesty for illegal aliens before border security, and want to roll back federal regulations—in Broun’s view, the others are all crypto-statists.
Nunn is the daughter of former senator Sam Nunn, who remains well regarded in Georgia.
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:
4:29 PM, Feb 26, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
A Republican congressman will run for the U.S. Senate against incumbent Democrat Mark Udall, the Denver Post reports:
Republican Congressman Cory Gardner is planning to drop his re-election bid and run for the U.S. Senate seat held by Democrat Mark Udall, The Denver Post has learned.
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.
3:24 PM, Feb 11, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
The campaign of Lindsey Graham, the two-term Republican senator from South Carolina facing several primary challengers this year, is making significant radio and TV ad buys this week in markets around the Palmetto State. The purchase price of the ads is reportedly $220,000.
11:06 AM, Feb 11, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Another conservative organization has endorsed congressman Paul Broun in the Republican primary for U.S. Senate in Georgia. The Madison Project, headed up by former Kansas congressman Jim Ryun, endorsed Broun over four other major GOP candidates.
11:49 AM, Jan 30, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
A new poll of Georgia voters found the likely Democratic nominee for U.S. Senate is slightly ahead of four the candidates in the crowded GOP primary. PPP, working on behalf of the liberal group Americans United For Change, found that Democrat Michelle Nunn leads Republican congressmen Paul Broun, Phil Gingrey, and Jack Kingston, as well as former secretary of state and gubernatorial candidate Karen Handel.
11:27 AM, Dec 19, 2013 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Republican state senator Dick Black of Virginia is considering running for the House seat currently represented by retiring Republican Frank Wolf. Black announced on Facebook he was forming an exploratory committee.
5:18 PM, Oct 21, 2013 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Longtime Mississippi senator Thad Cochran, who will be 76 at the end of this year, hasn't said whether he'll run for a seventh term in 2014. But late last week another Republican entered the primary race for Senate, and he's challenging Cochran from the right.
12:29 PM, Aug 7, 2013 • By MICHAEL WARREN
The 2016 presidential primary season doesn't begin for another two and half years, and a new poll from Rasmussen shows there's no consensus among Republican primary voters about the preferred candidate. Chris Christie, the governor of New Jersey, leads the poll of 1000 likely primary voters with 21 percent support, while Florida senator Marco Rubio is in a close second with 18 percent support.
12:27 PM, Jul 24, 2013 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell, the five-term Republican from Kentucky, has drawn a primary challenge for his reelection effort next year from businessman Matt Bevin. Bevin, who will likely self-finance part of his campaign, is out with his first ad Wednesday. The 30-second spot purports to introduce the first-time candidate to voters, though it spends just as much time criticizing the 71-year-old McConnell for his "30 years in Washington."
8:04 AM, Jun 14, 2013 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Former Pennsylvania senator Rick Santorum spoke Thursday at the Faith and Freedom Conference in Washington about the failure of the Republican party and its presidential nominee to speak to the concerns of middle class and working people. Politico's James Hohmann reports: