National Journal Dumps On GA’s Congressional Members Running For Senate; Names Handel Strongest Candidate

The National Journal has ranked the US Senate Seats that are most likely to switch parties, putting Georgia currently at number 9.  The only other Republican held seat in their top 10 is Kentucky, at number 7.  Thus, they currently think it is more likely that the Senate Minority Leader will lose his seat than Georgia will elect Steen Miles.

National Journal seems to favor those currently not in office, specifically Karen Handel and David Perdue, as Georgia’s best chance to stay red, naming Handel the strongest candidate:

The race will come down to whom Republicans nominate and whether Democrats can mobilize African-American turnout in the state. The three House members running—Reps. Paul Broun, Phil Gingrey, and Jack Kingston—all look like underwhelming candidates. Broun and Gingrey, in particular, have a history of controversial statements that spark memories of Todd Akin. But Republicans also have former Secretary of State Karen Handel and businessman David Perdue, who don’t have Washington baggage, in the mix. Handel, who gained fame from her outspoken opposition to Planned Parenthood grants at the Komen Foundation, would probably be their strongest candidate.

As in Indiana last year, Democrats have a capable candidate in Michelle Nunn, daughter of the former senator. They face the arduous but necessary task of identifying black voters and getting many to show up when Obama isn’t on the ballot. If Republicans nominate another not-ready-for-prime-time candidate, they could make this a race to watch.

This ends this week’s installment of National Publications analyze Georgia’s political races.

6 comments

  1. achap39 says:

    “There was a time when the conservative mantra, with respect to education, focused on innovation and accountability. Too many people today, however, trump solid reasoning with paranoia and misdirection. Republicans need to figure out their stance toward public education and begin to articulate it. But they haven’t. Instead, leaders face an incredible amount of noise from members of a self-proclaimed party base that’s rooted in fear and misinformation rather than facts.”

    Amen.

  2. xdog says:

    NJ says fame. Most people would suggest notoriety.

    “leaders face an incredible amount of noise from members of a self-proclaimed party base that’s rooted in fear and misinformation rather than facts.”

    Yeah, that’s too bad. Funny, I haven’t noticed gopers turning away the clueless and misinformed during campaigns or on election day. On the contrary, ‘leaders’ have spent years cultivating those very attitudes of know-nothingism they find so disturbing now. If the base was less fearful and better informed they might find that attitude ungrateful. I guess both sides will have to soldier on until one or the other or the country runs out of steam.

  3. Stephen in Southside says:

    Handel, who gained fame for her outspoken opposition to Planned Parenthood grants at the Komen Foundation, would probably be the strongest candidate.

    That’s one of the funniest things I’ve heard all year. Handel knew that her not being Pro-life cost her the Governors race. Her deal at Komen was a political stunt. A very good political stunt at that. Gotta give her credit

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