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Top contractors from the defense industry are putting their money behind [[United States|Rep.]] [[Jack Kingston]] in a member versus member battle for the nomination in the primary election.<ref>[http://www.politico.com/story/2013/07/candidates-compete-defense-dollars-georgia-saxby-chambliss-94363.html#ixzz2ZPJWCMWA ''Politico'' "Defense firms dive into Georgia Senate primary" Accessed July 18, 2013]</ref>
Top contractors from the defense industry are putting their money behind [[United States|Rep.]] [[Jack Kingston]] in a member versus member battle for the nomination in the primary election.<ref >[http://www.politico.com/story/2013/07/candidates-compete-defense-dollars-georgia-saxby-chambliss-94363.html#ixzz2ZPJWCMWA ''Politico'' "Defense firms dive into Georgia Senate primary" Accessed July 18, 2013]</ref>
Revision as of 09:43, 18 July 2013
November 4, 2014
May 20, 2014
Cook Political Report: Toss Up
Sabato's Crystal Ball: Leans R
The election will fill the Senate seat currently held by Saxby Chambliss (R). Chambliss was first elected in 2002. On January 25, 2013, Chambliss announced that he was retiring at the end of his current term and would not seek re-election in 2014. He cited gridlock in Congress and a lack of leadership from the White House as being the main reasons for his retirement. He denied rumors that his retirement was based on any potential primary challenges.
A federal judge on July 11, 2013 ordered the state of Georgia to move its primary in 2014 from mid-July to June 3, so that overseas voters have sufficient time to get ballots in case there are any runoffs, as required by federal law. Runoff primary elections would still take place on August 6, 2013.
Note: Prior to the signature filing deadline, candidates will be added when Ballotpedia writers come across declared candidates. If you see a name of a candidate who is missing, please email us and we will add that name. As the election draws closer, more information will be added to this page.
- Paul Broun - U.S. Rep, Georgia, District 10 (Campaign website)
- Phil Gingrey - U.S. Rep, Georgia, District 11 
- Jack Kingston - U.S. Rep, Georgia, District 1
- David Perdue: Businessman 
- Karen Handel - Former Georgia Secretary of State
- Derrick Grayson
- Branko Radulovacki: Psychiatrist
Declined to run
- John Barrow: U.S. Rep, Georgia, District 12
- Tom Price - U.S. Rep, Georgia, District 6
Businessman David Perdue and 1st District Representative Jack Kingston beat out Reps. Paul Broun and Phil Gingrey, former Georgia Secretary of State Karen Handel and two other candidates--Derrick Grayson and Art Gardner--to advance to the July 22 Republican runoff primary. David Perdue, a political newcomer and former CEO of Dollar General, had the lead in the May 20 Republican primary with approximately a third of the total votes.  Georgia law dictates that if no candidate receives a majority of the votes, the top two candidates advance to a runoff primary.
The winner of the runoff will face Democratic nominee Michelle Nunn, the daughter of former senator Sam Nunn, in the general election. In hypothetical polling match-ups, Nunn has topped the Republican nominee.
Early campaign activity
After Saxby Chambliss' announcement on January 25, 2013, that he was retiring at the end of his current term and would not seek re-election in 2014, Paul Broun filed paperwork for his candidacy on February 6, 2013. Broun's lack of mastery in raising campaign funds, having ended his 2012 campaign with just $155,566 cash on hand, was one area of concern for his ability to win the seat. Tom Price (R), rumored to be a candidate early in the campaign, had nearly $1.6 million cash on hand in his campaign account in February 2013.
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March 28, 2013
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Paul Broun (R) received an endorsement from Ron Paul on April 25, 2013. In the statement Paul stated, “Paul Broun and I worked together in the House to bring some necessary oversight to the Federal Reserve. I endorse Paul Broun on his candidacy to the U.S. Senate.”
According to campaign finance reports from April 2013, Rep. Phil Gingrey (R) had raised $666,000 and had $2.4 million cash-on-hand. Rep. Paul Broun (R) had raised $209,000 and had $217,000 cash-on-hand. Then-rumored candidate Rep. Jack Kingston (R) reportedly raised $846,000 and had $1.8 million cash-on-hand. Other candidates Rep. Tom Price (R) had reportedly raised $571,000 and had $2.1 million cash-on-hand in the April 2013 reports, while Rep. John Barrow (D) raised $436,000 and had $440,000 cash-on-hand.
Top contractors from the defense industry are putting their money behind Rep. Jack Kingston in a member versus member battle for the nomination in the primary election. Early in the election cycle, he has emerged as the top recipient of campaign contributions from top defense firms. In 2013, he has reported $65,000 in donations from PACs for major defense contractors — the most of any member of Congress. Fellow Republican candidate Phil Gingrey reportedly raised $27,500 from defense contractors in 2013.
On November 2, 2010, Johnny Isakson won re-election to the United States Senate. He defeated Michael "Mike" Thurmond (D), Chuck Donovan (L), Steve Davis (I), Raymond Beckworth (I), and Brian Russell Brown (I) in the general election.
On November 4, 2008, Saxby Chambliss won re-election to the United States Senate. He defeated Jim Martin (D), Allen Buckley (L), Elanor Garcia (I), and William Salomone, Jr (I) in the general election.
- United States House of Representatives elections in Georgia, 2014
- United States Senate elections, 2014
- Cook Political Report, "2014 SENATE RACE RATINGS FOR JULY 18, 2014," accessed August 5, 2014
- Sabato's Crystal Ball, "2014 Senate Races," accessed August 5, 2014
- National Conference of State Legislatures Website, "State Primary Election Types," accessed January 6, 2014
- Fair Vote, "Congressional and Presidential Primaries: Open, Closed, Semi-Closed, and 'Top Two,'" accessed January 6, 2014
- Ballotpedia research conducted December 26, 2013 through January 3, 2014 researching and analyzing various state websites and codes.
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- Atlanta Journal Constitution "Your daily jolt: By federal order, Georgia's 2014 primary will be earliest in state history" Accessed July 15, 2013
- Will Rep. Paul Broun be Karl Rove's first 'unelectable' target?, Liz Marlantes, The Christian Science Monitor, February 6, 2013
- The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, "Phil Gingrey rejects gun clip limits, changes course on Todd Akin," March 11, 2013
- AJC "Phil Gingrey Enters 2014 Race for U.S. Senate" Accessed March 28, 2013
- Atlanta Journal Constitution "Jack Kingston declares for U.S. Senate -- and Karen Handel says, 'Don't forget me'" Accessed May 2, 2013
- The Coastal Source "Congressman Jack Kingston to make announcement Thursday" Accessed May 2, 2013
- Roll Call "Another Georgia Republican Closes In on Senate Race #GASEN" Accessed May 15, 2013
- Washington Post "Kingston joins Republican Senate field in Georgia" Accessed May 2, 2013
- Huffington Post "Karen Handel Senate" Accessed May 17, 2013
- CLATL "Meet Derrick Grayson, 'The Minister of Truth,' yet another U.S. Senate candidate" Accessed July 12, 2013
- NewsTimes "Ga. Democrats have a Senate candidate" Accessed July 12, 2013
- National Journal "Holcomb Considering Ga. Senate, Gubernatorial Bids" Accessed May 2, 2013
- Atlanta Journal Constitution "Newcomer Nunn built service career" Accessed May 29, 2013
- Atlanta Journal Constitution "John Barrow will not run for Senate" Accessed May 8, 2013
- Marietta Daily Journal "Price won't run for Senate seat" Accessed May 13, 2013
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- Daily Kos, "Daily Kos Elections Morning Digest: Sanford's win makes a Colbert Busch upset possible" accessed May 15, 2013
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- Washington Post "Ron Paul endorses Paul Broun for Senate" Accessed April 25, 2013
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- U.S. Congress House Clerk "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 2008"