Sunday October 23rd, 2016 8:00PM

Perdue defeats Kingston in Georgia Senate runoff

By The Associated Press
ATLANTA (AP) Businessman David Perdue has defeated longtime Rep. Jack Kingston in a Republican runoff for Georgia's U.S. Senate nomination, setting up a general election matchup against Democrat Michelle Nunn. <br /> <br /> On Tuesday night, unofficial returns showed Perdue with a lead of more than 6,000 votes, with about 93 percent of precincts reporting. <br /> <br /> Perdue is a former corporate CEO making his first bid for public office. He campaigned as an outsider and called Kingston a career politician who has done little to solve the nation's problems. <br /> <br /> Kingston is an 11-term congressman from Savannah. <br /> <br /> The Perdue-Nunn race will be one of the most critical matchups of the November midterm elections. <br /> <br /> Republicans need six more seats to win Senate control for the final two years of President Barack Obama's administration. The GOP cannot afford to lose Chambliss' seat.
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