With Labor Day heralding the campaign’s final lap, Democrat Michelle Nunn appears to need a fourth-quarter touchdown to win the U.S. Senate race over Republican David Perdue.

With recent polls showing a GOP edge, “Perdue is in good shape right now,” said Kerwin Swint, chair of Kennesaw State University’s Political Science Department.

Nunn, who went on a fund-raising spree while Perdue battled Kingston in a long-slog GOP runoff, now must overcome a dollar disadvantage. The AJC reported that Nunn is tapping her own campaign money to purchase TV ads attacking Perdue, while outside conservative groups spend big money targeting Nunn.

“If that stays the way it is, it is a significant hurdle,” Swint said. He cited National Republican Senatorial Committee-backed ads seeking to show Nunn as a liberal. “That message will be ever present all fall,” he said. 

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