Michelle Nunn

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Michelle Nunn
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Candidate for
U.S. Senate, Georgia
PartyDemocratic
Education
Bachelor'sUniversity of Virginia
Websites
Campaign website
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] She will face businessman David Perdue (R) and former Flowery Branch City Councilwoman Amanda Swafford (L) in the general election. The general election takes place November 4, 2014.

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 has consistently had strong polling and fundraising numbers.[7]

One unique characteristic of the race is that neither of the major party candidates has held elected office before. From 1980 through 2012, there were only two elections like this--the 2010 Utah election between Mike Lee (R) and Sam Granato (D) and the 2002 North Carolina election between Elizabeth Dole and Erskine Bowles. In both elections, the inexperienced Republican beat the inexperienced Democratic candidate.[8]

Nunn is the daughter of former Sen. Sam Nunn (D).[9]

Biography

Nunn was born in 1966 in Macon, GA.[10] She graduated from the University of Virginia.[10]

Career

Nunn helped to form Hands On Atlanta and served as its first executive director.[10] In 2003 she left to become president of City Cares, which renamed itself HandsOn Network the following year.[11][12] In 2007, Nunn presided over the merger of the Points of Light Foundation and the HandsOn Network.[13] 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.[14]

Issues

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 reported that Nunn was hesitant "to take positions and is extremely cautious."[15][16]

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."[16][17]

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.[18]

“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.[18]

Affordable Care Act

Nunn has declined to state whether she would have voted for Obamacare had she been in the Senate.[19]

Elections

2014

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][20] She will face businessman David Perdue (R) and former Flowery Branch City Councilwoman Amanda Swafford (L) in the general election. The general election takes place November 4, 2014.

One unique characteristic of the race is that neither of the major party candidates has held elected office before. From 1980 through 2012, there were only two elections like this--the 2010 Utah election between Mike Lee (R) and Sam Granato (D) and the 2002 North Carolina election between Elizabeth Dole and Erskine Bowles. In both elections, the inexperienced Republican beat the inexperienced Democratic candidate.[21]

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.

Media


Michelle Nunn's first campaign ad, "Optimist."

Michelle Nunn's second campaign ad, "What's Going On."

Michelle Nunn's third campaign ad, "Point Guard."
  • Nunn released her first ad, "Optimist," on April 3, 2014. The ad, an introductory spot, did not mention the Democratic Party and instead emphasized her centrist, problem-solver image with a photo of her with George H.W. Bush. In the ad, Nunn stated that she was running for Senate because she was “optimistic about Georgia’s future.”[22]
  • Nunn released her second ad of the campaign, "What's Going on," on April 22, 2014.[23]
    • In the ad, Nunn said, “What’s going on in Washington has to stop. Politicians fighting and bickering and too often forgetting about the people they’re supposed to represent. That’s why I’m for banning members of Congress from ever becoming lobbyists. I don’t think congressmen should get paid unless they pass a budget. And no one in Congress should get a subsidy to pay for their own health care.”[23]
  • Nunn's third ad of the campaign, "Point Guard," released on April 27, 2014, featured her father, former United States Senator Sam Nunn.[24]
    • In the biographical ad, Nunn said she followed her father’s footsteps into basketball but not politics. The ad was another attempt by Nunn to introduce herself to voters ahead of the May 20 Democratic primary.[24]

WaPo 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.[25]

Endorsements

  • EMILY's List, the pro-abortion-rights Democratic women’s group, endorsed Nunn on August 26, 2013.[26] 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.[26]
    • “She’s tied for the lead in the polls in one of our only chances to win a GOP Senate seat. It’s important that we elect a Democratic woman like Michelle, but it’s just as important that we keep her right-wing, extremist opponents out of the Senate,” Schriock said in a fundraising email to supporters.[26]
  • Former Sen. John Warner (R-VA) contributed $500 to Nunn's campaign and attended a fundraiser for her in November 2013.[28][30]

She also received endorsements from:

Polls

General election
Poll Michelle Nunn (D) David Perdue (R)Amanda Swafford (L)UndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
SurveyUSA
August 14-17, 2014
41%50%3%6%+/-4.2560
Insider Advantage
August 12-13, 2014
40%47%8%5%+/-3.7719
Hicks Evaluation Group
August 8-10, 2014
42%48%0%11%+/-3.48788
Vox Populi Polling
July 27-28, 2014
40%49%0%10%+/-3.9624
Landmark Communications
July 25, 2014
47%43%0%7%+/-3.8750
Rasmussen Reports
July 23-24, 2014
40%46%0%10%+/-4.0750
Public Policy Polling
July 9-12, 2014
48%41%0%10%+/--516
SurveyUSA
June 3-5, 2014
38%43%0%14%+/-3.2999
Rasmussen Reports]
May 21-22, 2014
45%42%0%6%+/-4.0750
Landmark Communications
May 19, 2014
45%44%0%11%+/-3.01,000
Saint Leo University
May 5-6, 2014
37%41%0%15%+/-4.0689
Atlanta Journal Constitution
May 5-8, 2014
41%45%0%13%+/-4.01,012
NBC News/Marist Poll
April 30 - May 6, 2014
45%44%0%9%+/-1.92,608
Landmark/RosettaStone
March 23-24, 2014
33%0%29.5%37.5%+/-4.0600
Public Policy Polling
August 2-5, 2013
40%40%0%21%+/-4.3520
AVERAGES 41.47% 41.53% 2.7% 12.37% +/-2.9 859
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted. 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.[42]

Michelle Nunn (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
October Quarterly[43]October 15, 2013$0.00$1,731,790.45$(275,157.05)$1,456,633.40
Year End[44]January 31, 2014$1,456,633$1,602,020$(599,078)$2,459,575
April Quarterly[45]April 15, 2014$2,459,575$2,425,943$(942,772)$3,942,746
Running totals
$5,759,753.45$(1,817,007.05)

In her first 10 weeks as a candidate, Nunn raised $1.7 million and ended the period with $1.4 million cash-on hand.[46]

On December 12, 2013, former Sen. Richard Lugar’s leadership political action committee, The 19th Star PAC, sent $5,000 to Nunn's campaign.[28] Nunn also received a donation from former Republican Sen. John Warner of Virginia.[28] Nunn’s father, former Sen. Sam Nunn, worked closely with Lugar on nuclear non-proliferation issues.[28]

Personal

Nunn is the daughter of former Sen. Sam Nunn (D).[47]

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