Perdue, Deal campaign near Savannah, but the media winner is . . . Kingston

Jack Kingston, outgoing (in more ways than one) representative of Georgia’s CD 1, held his annual family BBQ at Ottawa Farms in Bloomingdale (just outside Savannah) on Saturday. The event in theory could have been an important campaign/media stop for other Republican candidates who attended, but none of those candidates were even mentioned until the 6th and 7th paragraphs of the Savannah Morning News coverage:

Nov. 4 will be the first even-year election day in a long time that Kingston, elected to the House of Representatives in 1992, won’t be on the ballot. He lost a Republican Senate runoff in July to businessman David Perdue.

Perdue and the Republican candidate running for Kingston’s current seat, state Sen. Buddy Carter of Pooler, were two of the guests who spoke at Saturday’s event. Joining them were Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal, U.S. Sens. Johnny Isakson and Ted Cruz, and many others.

The article is over 500 words, but there are no other mentions of Deal or Perdue. The story is all about Kingston’s departure from elected office.

In the July runoff, Kingston got over 15,000 votes here in Chatham County; Perdue got just over 2,500. I’m sure many of those Kingston voters will vote for Perdue next week, but how strong will that support be? Frankly, I have been surprised by Perdue’s relatively low profile down in this part of the state (is he taking Kingston voters for granted?), and I suspect a small but significant percentage of Kingston supporters (5 percent? 10 percent? more?) to either stay home or to support Nunn at the polls next week.

By the way, the dynamics here in Chatham County are interesting: in 2012, Kingston took 52.7 percent of the vote while Obama took 55.5 percent. In 2010, Roy Barnes took 50.3 percent of the Chatham vote with Nathan Deal getting 45.2 percent. Under one scenario, Nunn and Carter might end up doing only slightly better than Barnes did in 2010 in Chatham County; at the other extreme, it’s easy to imagine Nunn and Carter doing far better — especially Nunn.


  1. I am just shocked that he cut an Ending Spending ad. Kudos to him, I guess, but shocked. Like being the character witness to the guy who took your dream girl to the prom when he’s arrested for domestic abuse.

      • Jon Lester says:

        I’ve seen enough. He may have been a bright student under Alan Dershowitz, but his recent display of complete ignorance of those Middle Eastern Christians living outside of Israel is all I need to deem him unfit for any higher office.

  2. Bobloblaw says:

    Too bad Kingston wasnt the GOPO nominee. Nunn would accuse him of shutting down the govt, but that is a lot less damaging than outsourcing. I doubt too many N GA voters would have cared about the govt shutdown, but outsourcing hurts up there.

  3. Ellynn says:

    Kingston is running an ad that started Sunday stating his support for Perdue. He was taped by at least two news outlets voting on Sunday and telling the camera who he voted for.

    Kingston has always been a friend of SMN. I didn’t find the papers coverage surpring. They have yet to back any of the state wide canidates.

  4. northside101 says:

    Chatham County, nearly 40 percent black in voter registration, leans Democratic these days—for instance, it has voted Democratic in 4 of the last 5 presidential elections (the lone exception being in 2000, when George W. Bush led Gore in the county by about 250 votes). Carter and Nunn both would be favored to win there—if they do not, then it is not likely either could win an outright majority on November 4. Chatham accordingly (for Democrats) might be compared to the canary in the coal mine…Kingston of course has always been personally popular down there and has run ahead of typical Democratic showings in the county. I suspect Deal will run better than Perdue in Chatham, the former helped by the newly-announced port expansion and the latter probably a bit unpopular in Chatham for defeating Kingston in the GOP runoff 3 months ago.

  5. BuddyFreeze says:

    Had a chance to go to Ottowa Farms this past weekend. Jack Kingston came right up to me and started talking. He’s a class act!

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