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Georgia Senate Runoff To Pit Jack Kingston Against David Perdue

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Rep. Jack Kingston (R-Ga.) and businessman David Perdue, the top two finishers in the Republican primary for Georgia's open Senate seat, will compete again in a special runoff election, the Associated Press reports.

Under state election rules, the top two candidates must compete in a runoff when no candidate receives a clear majority of the vote.

The runoff will be held July 22. The winner will go on to face Democratic nominee Michelle Nunn in November.

The Associated Press reported on the race earlier Tuesday:

In Georgia, Michelle Nunn, another prized Democratic recruit, sought the nomination to the seat her father, Sam Nunn, held for four terms.

Businessman David Perdue, Rep. Jack Kingston and former Secretary of State Karen Handel were among seven trying for the Republican nomination in a struggle likely headed for a two-way runoff on July 22. Reps. Phil Gingrey and Paul Broun also were on the ballot, and the presence of three incumbent lawmakers on the Senate ballot assured a large turnover in the state's House delegation come January.

The Senate race was fiercely expensive — $10 million had been spent on television commercials through the end of last week — and highlighted the divisions within the Republican party. Perdue relied on his background as a businessman, while Broun and Gingrey ran farther to the right. Handel sought to capitalize on the backing of former Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin, and Kingston had the support of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

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