Michelle Nunn

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Michelle Nunn
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Candidate for
U.S. Senate, Georgia
Bachelor'sUniversity of Virginia
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Michelle Nunn is a 2014 Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate in Georgia.[1][2][3][4][5] Nunn won the nomination in the Democratic primary on May 20, 2014.[6]

Nunn is the daughter of former Sen. Sam Nunn (D).[7]


Nunn was born in 1966 in Macon, Georgia.[8] Nunn graduated from the University of Virginia.[8]


Nunn helped to form Hands On Atlanta and served as its first executive director.[8] In 2003 she left to become president of City Cares, which renamed itself HandsOn Network the following year.[9][10] In 2007, Nunn presided over the merger of the Points of Light Foundation and the HandsOn Network.[11] Following the merger, the staff dropped from 175 to 80 employees, due partly to eliminating duplicate positions and partly to the organization having lost its previous $10 million congressional earmark. During this time, Nunn's compensation grew from $120,000 to $250,000, which she later said was still less than that of her predecessor's $325,000.[12]


Nunn has been criticized by some, including MSNBC's Mika Brzezinski, Chuck Todd, and Roll Call's Stuart Rothenberg, for refusing to take positions on issues. Rothenberg reports that Nunn is hesitant "to take positions and is extremely cautious."[13][14]

Nunn has declined to say whether she would support Harry Reid remaining as Senate Majority Leader, or whether she thinks President Obama is doing a good job. Politico wrote "while she's critical of the president's failure to control the deficit, she offered few clues on how she'd tackle the vexing issue." Stuart Rothenberg added that Nunn is among several candidates running in challenging states "trying to hide as much as possible and as long as possible so that they can avoid – or at least delay – answering tough questions about issues and, in the [case of Nunn], about the president."[15][14]

Keystone XL pipeline

On April 7, 2014, Nunn stated that she would support completion of the fourth phase of the Keystone XL pipeline in the name of economic development and national security.[16]

“I have a lot of friends who have different perspectives on Keystone. We need to continue to focus on green energy and finding sustainable sources of energy, but I do believe we should move forward with Keystone,” Nunn said.[16]

Affordable Care Act

Nunn has declined to state whether she would have voted for Obamacare had she been in the Senate.[17]



See also: United States Senate elections in Georgia, 2014

Nunn is a 2014 Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate in Georgia.[1][4][5] Nunn won the nomination in the Democratic primary on May 20, 2014.[6][18] The general election will take place on November 4, 2014.

U.S. Senate, Georgia Democratic Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngMichelle Nunn 75% 242,025
Steen Miles 12% 38,767
Branko Radulovacki 9.6% 30,812
Todd Robinson 3.4% 10,934
Total Votes 322,538
Source: 99% reporting; Results via Associated Press Vote totals above are unofficial and will be updated once official totals are made available.

Washington Post top 10 races

According to an analysis by The Washington Post, the U.S. Senate election in Georgia is considered one of the top 10 Senate races of 2014. Michelle Nunn had a strong fundraising run in the third quarter of 2013.[19]


EMILY’s List, the pro-abortion-rights Democratic women’s group, said August 26, 2013, it is endorsing Nunn for the open Georgia Senate seat.[20] The group’s president, Stephanie Schriock, said Nunn could help Democrats hold the Senate by winning in the red-leaning state, where a crowded field of candidates is vying for the Republican nomination.[20]

“She’s tied for the lead in the polls in one of our only chances to win a GOP Senate seat,” Schriock said in a fundraising email to supporters. “It’s important that we elect a Democratic woman like Michelle Nunn, but it’s just as important that we keep her right-wing, extremist opponents out of the Senate.”[20]


Nunn v. Perdue
Poll Michelle Nunn (D) David Perdue (R)UndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
Vox Populi Polling
July 27-28, 2014
Landmark Communications
July 25, 2014
Rasmussen Reports
July 23-24, 2014
Public Policy Polling
July 9-12, 2014
June 3-5, 2014
Rasmussen Reports]
May 21-22, 2014
Landmark Communications
May 19, 2014
Saint Leo University
May 5-6, 2014
Atlanta Journal Constitution
May 5-8, 2014
NBC News/Marist Poll
April 30 - May 6, 2014
March 23-24, 2014
Public Policy Polling
August 2-5, 2013
AVERAGES 41.58% 42.96% 12.96% +/-2.68 901.5
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to editor@ballotpedia.org

Campaign donors

Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Nunn's reports.[21]

Michelle Nunn (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
October Quarterly[22]October 15, 2013$0.00$1,731,790.45$(275,157.05)$1,456,633.40
Year End[23]January 31, 2014$1,456,633$1,602,020$(599,078)$2,459,575
April Quarterly[24]April 15, 2014$2,459,575$2,425,943$(942,772)$3,942,746
Running totals

In her first 10 weeks as a candidate, Nunn raised $1.7 million and ended the period with $1.4 million cash-on hand.[25]

On December 12, 2013, former Sen. Richard Lugar’s leadership political action committee, The 19th Star PAC, sent $5,000 to Nunn's campaign.[26] Nunn also received a donation from former Republican Sen. John Warner of Virginia.[26] Nunn’s father, former Sen. Sam Nunn, worked closely with Lugar on nuclear non-proliferation issues.[26]

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  2. Atlanta Journal Constitution, "Newcomer Nunn built service career" accessed May 29, 2013
  3. Politico, "Georgia Senate race 2014: Michelle Nunn to announce run" accessed July 23, 2013
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  11. "New York Times," "Charities Trying Mergers to Improve Bottom Line," November 11, 2007
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  18. Georgia Secretary of State, "Candidate List," accessed March 10, 2014
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  20. 20.0 20.1 20.2 Politico, "EMILY’s List endorses Michelle Nunn for Georgia Senate," accessed August 26, 2013
  21. Federal Election Commission, "Michelle Nunn 2014 Summary reports," accessed January 8, 2014
  22. Federal Election Commission, "October Quarterly," accessed May 3, 2014
  23. Federal Election Commission, "Year End," accessed May 3, 2014
  24. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly," accessed May 3, 2014
  25. Politico, "Michelle Nunn’s Senate haul: $1.7 million," accessed October 9, 2013
  26. 26.0 26.1 26.2 Bloomberg.com, "Lugar PAC Aids Nunn, Republican Senators," accessed January 7, 2014