Kingston Opens Statewide Headquarters in Duluth

January 6, 2014 14:31 pm

by Jon Richards · 3 comments

Cutting the ribbon at Kingston HeadquartersSenate candidate Jack Kingston held a ribbon cutting on Sunday to celebrate the opening of his campaign headquarters on Satellite Boulevard in Duluth, near Gwinnett Place Mall. Over 150 people ranging from college students to elected officials were in attendance.

More pictures below the fold.

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After a brief outdoor ceremony, Kingston went inside to talk to those in attendance, thanking them and urging their support in the upcoming primary.

Kingstontalks to attendees

Attendees at the Grand Opening

Kingston’s decision to locate his headquarters in Gwinnett County rather than in his hometown of Savannah reflects his desire to become better known in metro Atlanta, where the bulk of Primary voters reside. With Karen Handel previously having held office in Fulton County, and Phil Gingrey having been elected by many of the Cobb County residents he hopes will vote for him, the choice of Duluth as a headquarters location shows Kingston’s desire to tap into the state’s second-largest Republican primary voter base.

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2g Strategies (@2gstrategies) January 6, 2014 at 3:38 pm

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northside101 January 7, 2014 at 8:52 am

Makes all the sense in the world (the HQ location), reflecting the reality that as much as Kingston may have southeast Georgia in his corner, 60% or more of the statewide primary vote is likely to be cast north of Interstate 20 (in the July 2010 gubernatorial primary, 60% of the votes were from north of that highway that connects Alabama and South Carolina via Atlanta and Augusta). Although Gwinnett is trending Democratic—Obama got about 45% in the county in both 2008 and 2012—its very size (over 800,000 people) still makes the county a major player in the primary. In the 2010 GOP primary, it cast 60,278 votes, just barely behind first-place Cobb with 60,529 total votes. If one uses the “Gnat Line” or “Fall Line” via Columbus, Macon and Augusta as the divide between north and south Georgia, the GOP “northern” vote is even more lopsided. Of the 10 largest voting counties in the 2010 primary, only one was south of the Gnat Line—Chatham (Savannah). The other counties of the “top 10″ (after Cobb and Gwinnett) in the 2010 primary were, in descending order, Fulton (42,407 total primary votes), DeKalb (23,513), Cherokee (22,130), Forsyth (20,042), Hall (19,557), Chatham (16,725), Fayette (14,699) and Henry (14,555).

One especially coveted prize, if one looks at primary voting by congressional district, will be the northeast Georgia, Gainesville-based 9th CD, formerly represented by Governor Deal (now represented by Doug Collins). Under the current congressional lines, it cast the most votes of any of the 14 districts in the 2010 primary (about 84,000), and ditto in the 2012 presidential primary (about 95,000). Paul Broun represented a lot of the current 9th CD when he had the old 10th CD between 2007-2012. Interesting to see how he performs in what is the state’s most Republican congressional district—78% for Romney in the 2012 presidential election.