Matt Towery

Some rather clumsy early ads by Kingston, combined with Handel's dogged use of alternatives in communication -- such as automated phone calls and Facebook -- have kept the two in a tight battle for the right to take on Perdue in a July showdown.

But the lackadaisical attitude of voters toward this primary should give Republicans around the nation pause for concern. Is it possible, with President Obama's approval ratings slowly creeping up a bit, that the GOP could be bitten by the same "turnout bug" that left Mitt Romney in Obama's dust in 2012? Republicans must ask why a state such as Georgia is polling with as many or more voters identifying themselves as Democrats or "independent voters" as they do as Republicans.

Much of the national media is convinced that Michelle Nunn, who is currently running ahead of each of the potential GOP nominees in the polls, is set to take Georgia's Senate seat and provide a possible barrier to a Republican Senate takeover. But the bad news for her boosters is that Nunn has yet to face the brutal attacks that will attempt to link her to President Obama and other prominent liberal Democrats. And even if Nunn outperforms her Republican opponent in November, she must win a majority of the vote -- with a Libertarian in the race -- in order to avoid runoff with the Republican. She would stand little chance of winning that runoff.

That being said, Republicans need to examine Georgia's unenthused Republican electorate and determine if "the turnout bug" could bite them again this year, and what role social media could play in avoiding a 2012 repeat.


Matt Towery

Matt Towery is a former National Republican legislator of the year and author of Powerchicks: How Women Will Dominate America.
 
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