With the election 30 days away, Georgia’s political candidates are battling to sway undecided voters.
U.S. Senate candidates Michelle Nunn and David Purdue and gubernatorial opponents Jason Carter and Nathan Deal hope to nail down the “50 percent plus one” victory edge Nov. 4. But polls show that no candidate has reached that threshold, making runoffs likely.
The national importance of the Senate race, which could determine whether the upper chamber remains Democratic, was highlighted by the news that presumed 2016 Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton plans to campaign for Nunn.
As the final stretch run begins, “there are slightly different dynamics for the Senate and gubernatorial races,” University of Georgia political science professor Charles Bullock III said.
In the Senate race, Nunn, a Democrat, and Perdue, a Republican, seek to replace incumbent GOP Sen. Saxby Chambliss. Perdue, a former corporate CEO, and Nunn, who led the nonprofit Points of Light Foundation, are conducting their first political campaigns.
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