Georgia GOP Senate race too close to call

McClatchy Washington BureauJuly 11, 2014 


David Perdue greets supporters at his election night party at Doubletree Hotel in Buckhead, Ga., on Tuesday, May 20, 2014.

HYOSUB SHIN — Atlanta Journal-Constitution/MCT

Georgia’s the site of the next closely-watched Senate race, and a new poll shows it’s a virtual tie.

Republicans David Perdue and Jack Kingston face off in a runoff July 22. A new Insider Advantage poll found Kingston, a veteran congressman, with 41.9 percent. Perdue, a businessman, had 41.1 percent.

The race features Perdue campaigning as a Washington outsider who will bring his business acumen to the troubled Capitol. Kingston is known there as a solid conservative who can work smoothly with others.

Seventeen percent of those polled were undecided. Kingston topped Perdue in almost every age group--except seniors, who go heavily for Perdue.

Here’s analysis from InsiderAdvantage CEO/Atlanta Fox 5 Political Analyst Matt Towery, as reported by Fox 5:

“The Kingston campaign has played what might be called in football terms the old “prevent defense.” An overly cautious approach, in other words.

“It’s not working. Because both campaigns and the groups that support them have TV attack ads that look so much alike--grainy or unflattering still pictures of the opponent, with nasty allegations or questions as the narrative--the public is tuning them out.”

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