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ATLANTA (WXIA) -- Polls have shown that businessman David Perdue, cousin of former Gov. Sonny Perdue, is the man to beat in the Republican US Senate primary -- and his Republican opponents are behaving accordingly.

"Part of his message has been, 'hey -- I'm a turnaround artist,'" said opponent Jack Kingston. "Ask the 8,000 people who were laid off at Pillowtex how it worked out."

Kingston is the 20-year Congressman from Savannah who is among the candidates who want to take Perdue down before next week's primary. Kingston was in McDonough on Monday as part of a statewide tour -- questioning Perdue's Republican credentials, and his business record.

"Pillowtex was already in bankruptcy when I was interviewing with them when I was hired," Kingston said.

Perdue says his business record is fair game. But he says so are the records of the current and former officeholders running against him, whom he says have failed to shrink the size of government.

"If you look at the current model, and look at the current results, the career politician should be indicted," Perdue said.

Perdue says he intends to spend the next week running like an underdog - in spite of his success in the polls.

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