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Republican businessman David Perdue won this open seat in 2014. He survived a crowded GOP primary, placing first with 31 percent, far short of the 50 percent required to avoid a run-off. In the run-off, Perdue faced then-U.S. Rep. Jack Kingston in what was a very competitive contest; Perdue won the nomination with 51 percent to 49 percent for Kingston. In the general election, he defeated Michelle Nunn, 53 percent to 45 percent. Nunn, the daughter of former U.S. Sen. Sam Nunn and then the head of Points of Light, was one of the most highly touted Democratic recruits that cycle and a strong fundraiser, but she couldn’t overcome the GOP wave.
Democrats have their sights set on Perdue as he gears up to seek a second term, arguing that he is too conservative for the state and that this will be a tougher race in a presidential election year when Democrats will turn out in higher numbers. But, their top recruit, Stacy Abrams, the party’s 2018 gubernatorial nominee

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