WHY IT MATTERS
After a defense industry favorite went down in the primary, a political neophyte battles the daughter of a former Senate Armed Services Committee chairman for a Senate seat in one of the most defense-heavy states.
The retirement of Sen. Saxby Chambliss leaves big shoes to fill for the defense community in Georgia. Vice Chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence and a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, Chambliss has been a long-time defense industry ally (especially of Lockheed Martin). The race to replace Chambliss is one of the most closely watched in the 2014 cycle.
Democrats are excited about Michelle Nunn’s chances of ending the party’s 14-year dry spell in the Senate, and changing demographics may indeed help the party of Jackson regain its footing here. But this is still a Republican state, and even with massive black turnout in 2008, Democrats couldn’t pull out a Senate victory. This race started out close, with Nunn and Perdue trading leads in the polls, but given the national political environment and the Republican lean of the state, Perdue seems to have the edge.
Check out the latest polls in the Udall-Gardner race.
David Perdue (R)
Perdue, the cousin of former governor Sonny Perdue, won a minor upset in a hotly contested five-way primary to become the Republican nominee. A political novice, Perdue served four years as Chairman and CEO of Dollar General Corporation, the nation’s largest small-box discount retailer.