At the end of the primary, two were left standing for the runoff that is to be held on July 22: Perdue with 30 percent of the vote and Kingston at 26 percent. RedState editor, Erick Erickson, who had backed Handel, has already endorsed Kingston. It will be interesting to see who will line up behind each candidate, how much more money Perdue will contribute to his own campaign, whether he will be able to persuade others to contribute, too, and how Georgia voters will react to a candidate who gave $2 to his campaign for every $1 raised.
Kingston has displayed a better capacity to raise campaign money as well as excite external groups, while Perdue has self-funded the majority of his campaign and made a few verbal gaffes.
The winner of the run-off will meet Michelle Nunn, the Democratic nominee in November and daughter of former Sen. Sam Nunn. Incumbent Gov. Deal, who handily won his primary, will be facing off against Jason Carter, grandson of former President Jimmy Carter. With a Nunn and Carter on the November ballot, it might feel like the '70s to those of us in Georgia.
The response to McConnell winning the Kentucky primary over tea party challenger Bevin provides insight into the process of unification after a hard-fought primary. RedState's Erickson, who had endorsed Bevin, not only contributed to McConnell's campaign after the primary but tweeted a photo of his donation. The Senate Conservatives Fund also endorsed McConnell. "We thank Matt Bevin for standing up for conservative principles and giving voters a choice in this race," the group said in a statement. "Now it's time for Republicans to unite for victory in November."
No matter what the events of the next few weeks in Georgia hold, rest assured that, at the end of the runoff, the response will be the same in the Peach State as it has been in Kentucky: it's time to unify for victory in November.
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