Jack Kingston’s second-place finish in Tuesday’s Republican Primary for U.S. Senate was largely built on high turnout and wide margins in South Georgia. Nate Cohn of the New York Times wrote on Twitter, “It’s worth emphasizing how much Kingston crushed downstate. He often won with 70 or 80 percent of the vote, turnout was high.”

Kingston recognized the importance of South Georgia and the agriculture industry early enough in the election to create a special Ag-focused “Kingston Farm Team“ page on his website.

During his tenure in Congress, Kingston has represented much of South Georgia, but that’s not the only reason he dominated the region. His understanding of the region’s economic needs and willingness to break with what many Metro Atlanta politicians saw as political expediency also helped him. 

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