Here’s a down-and-dirty glance at the apparent advantages and disadvantages that Jack Kingston and David Perdue have as they hit the ground running in their Republican runoff campaign for U.S. Senate. This isn’t a prediction of the outcome, but a roughly drawn map of where the race is today.
- Best suited to face Michelle Nunn – Perdue. Nunn’s highest-percentage campaign theme won’t be a left-wing partisan one, but instead one that presents herself as an outsider to the Washington establishment; someone who can come in and clean things up. That theme would play much stronger against the 11-term congressman Kingston than against Perdue, who also styles himself as an outsider.
- Most appealing personality – Kingston. The Savannah congressman has a natural ‘aw shucks’ demeanor that could help neutralize his status as a perceived Washington insider. The man is disarming. Perdue looks a little wilier by comparison. This can matter, especially among women, even if they can’t quite put their fingers on why they get this impression.
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