Kingston leads Perdue by 1-point in Georgia U.S. Senate race

By David Yates | Jul 11, 2014

ATLANTA (Legal Newsline) - With the runoff election rapidly approaching, the two Republicans vying for the nomination to run for Georgia's open U.S. Senate seat are separated by a mere point, a new poll shows.

Republican contenders U.S. Rep. Jack Kingston and former Dollar General CEO David Perdue will face each other once again in a July 22 runoff.

In the May 20 primary, Perdue captured 30 percent of the vote compared to Kingston's 26 percent.

Two months later, a Thursday Insider Advantage poll shows Kingston leading Perdue by a 42 to 41 percent margin.

If outside money decides the runoff, Perdue may have the advantage.

On Wednesday the Democratic Senate nominee, Michelle Nunn, sent a letter to Republican contenders Rep. Jack Kingston and David Perdue, requesting that that they sign a "Peach State Pledge -- a pledge to refuse spending by outside groups in Georgia's U.S. Senate Race."

More than $6.7 in outside spending has been expended already to influence the race, according to opensecrets.org.

Nearly $3 million of that total has been in support of Kingston, while PACs have spent $1.5 million in opposition of the Georgia businessman.

Reach David Yates at elections@legalnewsline.com

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