05/20/2014 08:29 pm ET Updated May 20, 2014

Michelle Nunn Wins Primary In Georgia Senate Race


Georgia Democrats have selected Michelle Nunn as their nominee in the state's U.S. Senate race, the Associated Press reports.

Nunn bested a field of three other Democrats in Tuesday's race. She will face off against the Republican nominee in November's general election to replace outgoing Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R-Ga.).

The Associated Press offered further details on the race on 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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