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.