Kingston, Perdue race across state as election nears

ATLANTA. -- If it seems like this campaign season has been longer than ever before, well, that's because it has been. The longest runoff election in Georgia history ends on Tuesday, after two months of handshakes, campaign stops and negative ads.

The two candidates for the Republican Senate race will be criss-crossing the state on the final day before the polls open.

Congressman Jack Kingston plans a statewide fly around with former Georgia Secretary of State Karen Handel, who backed the congressman after she lost in the May primary.

Businessman David Perdue has seven stops planned on his Monday fly around.

In many ways, we're in uncharted territory. It's been nine long weeks of bus tours and Braves games.

Turnout will be key. Before early voting ended on Friday, 119,000 people cast their ballot. That's about 50,000 fewer people than in the primary back in May.

Fewer voters, means a lower margin of error. Which is why each campaign has been honing in on its grassroots supporters.

"We think there will be 500,000 to 600,000 voters. We've spent a lot of time with the base, grassroots Republicans," Kingston said at a campaign stop at Turner Field Saturday before the Braves game.

"July 22nd is an unusual time for an election, which is why we're trying to remind people to get out the vote," Perdue said at a stop Saturday in Tucker.

"We've been pushing early vote, absentee voting and now we're really reminding people that Tuesday's the day."

And just when you think it's over, another race begins. The winner between Kingston and Perdue will be facing off against Michelle Nunn in the general election. Nunn, mind you, just raised $3.5 million in the last three months -- a lot of money to spend on ads.


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