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*{{bluedot}} [[Branko Radulovacki]]: Psychiatrist<ref>[http://newstimes.augusta.com/opinion/2013-06-19/ga-democrats-have-a-senate-candidate ''NewsTimes'' "Ga. Democrats have a Senate candidate" Accessed July 12, 2013]</ref>
 
*{{bluedot}} [[Branko Radulovacki]]: Psychiatrist<ref>[http://newstimes.augusta.com/opinion/2013-06-19/ga-democrats-have-a-senate-candidate ''NewsTimes'' "Ga. Democrats have a Senate candidate" Accessed July 12, 2013]</ref>
 
*{{bluedot}} [[Michelle Nunn]] - Daughter of former senator Sam Nunn<ref name="potentialcand"/><ref>[http://ireader.olivesoftware.com/Olive/iReader/AtlantaJournal/SharedArticle.ashx?document=AJC\2013\05\28&article=Ar00103 ''Atlanta Journal Constitution'' "Newcomer Nunn built service career" Accessed May 29, 2013]</ref><ref>[http://www.politico.com/story/2013/07/georgia-senate-race-2014-michelle-nunn-to-announce-run-94597.html ''Politico'' "Georgia Senate race 2014: Michelle Nunn to announce run" Accessed July 23, 2013]</ref><ref name="ajcnunn">[http://www.ajc.com/weblogs/political-insider/2013/jul/22/michelle-nunn-declares-herself-us-senate-candidate/ ''Atlanta Journal Constitution'' "Michelle Nunn declares herself a U.S. Senate candidate" Accessed July 23, 2013]</ref><ref name="washingtonpost">[http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/post-politics/wp/2013/07/22/michelle-nunn-announces-georgia-senate-campaign/ ''Washington Post'' "Michelle Nunn announces Georgia Senate campaign" Accessed July 23, 2013]</ref>
 
*{{bluedot}} [[Michelle Nunn]] - Daughter of former senator Sam Nunn<ref name="potentialcand"/><ref>[http://ireader.olivesoftware.com/Olive/iReader/AtlantaJournal/SharedArticle.ashx?document=AJC\2013\05\28&article=Ar00103 ''Atlanta Journal Constitution'' "Newcomer Nunn built service career" Accessed May 29, 2013]</ref><ref>[http://www.politico.com/story/2013/07/georgia-senate-race-2014-michelle-nunn-to-announce-run-94597.html ''Politico'' "Georgia Senate race 2014: Michelle Nunn to announce run" Accessed July 23, 2013]</ref><ref name="ajcnunn">[http://www.ajc.com/weblogs/political-insider/2013/jul/22/michelle-nunn-declares-herself-us-senate-candidate/ ''Atlanta Journal Constitution'' "Michelle Nunn declares herself a U.S. Senate candidate" Accessed July 23, 2013]</ref><ref name="washingtonpost">[http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/post-politics/wp/2013/07/22/michelle-nunn-announces-georgia-senate-campaign/ ''Washington Post'' "Michelle Nunn announces Georgia Senate campaign" Accessed July 23, 2013]</ref>
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*{{bluedot}} [[Steen Miles]]: Former [[Georgia State Senate|state senator]]<ref>[http://wabe.org/post/miles-joins-growing-field-dems-2014-senate-race ''WABE,'' "Miles Joins Growing Field of Dems in 2014 Senate Race," accessed September 24, 2013]</ref><ref>[https://www.facebook.com/SteenMilesForUsSenate ''Steen Miles for U.S. Senate Facebook Page,'' "Info," accessed September 24, 2013]</ref>
  
 
===Potential candidates===
 
===Potential candidates===

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2014 U.S. Senate Elections in Georgia

General Election Date
November 4, 2014

Primary Date
May 20, 2014

November 4 Election Winner:
Pending
Incumbent prior to election:
Saxby Chambliss Republican Party
Saxby Chambliss.jpg

Race Rating
Pending

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2014 U.S. House Elections

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Voters in Georgia will elect one member to the U.S. Senate in the November 4, 2014 elections.

Georgia has an open primary system, in which registered voters do not have to be members of a party to vote in that party's primary. When runoff elections are used, voters must vote in same party's runoff election as they voted for in the first round election.

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.[1]

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.[2]

Candidates

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.

Announced candidates

Potential candidates

Declined to run

Race background

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.[25] Broun's lack of mastery in raising campaign funds, having ended his 2012 campaign with just $155,566 cash on hand, is one area of concern for his ability to win the seat.[26] As a potential primary challenger to Broun, Tom Price (R), had nearly $1.6 million cash on hand in his campaign account in February 2013.[26]

Polls

Republican primary

Possible Republican primary candidates
Poll Phil Gingrey Paul BrounKaren HandelJack KingstonDavid PerdueEugene YuOther/UndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
Landmark/RosettaStone survey
March 28, 2013
22%16%14%8%1%0%39%+/-4.1570
Public Policy Polling
August 2-5, 2013
25%19%13%15%5%0%20%+/-4.3520
AVERAGES 23.5% 17.5% 13.5% 11.5% 3% 0% 29.5% +/-4.2 545
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

General election

General election match up
Poll Michelle Nunn (D) Phil Gingrey (R)UndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
Public Policy Polling
August 2-5, 2013
41%41%18%+/-4.3520
Public Policy Polling
January 24-26, 2014
45%41%14%+/-3.9640
Landmark/RosettaStone
March 23-24, 2014
37.6%40.5%29.5%+/-4.0600
AVERAGES 41.2% 40.83% 20.5% +/-4.07 586.67
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


General election match up
Poll Michelle Nunn (D) Paul Broun (R)UndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
Public Policy Polling
August 2-5, 2013
41%36%23%+/-4.3520
Public Policy Polling
January 24-26, 2014
42%41%17%+/-3.9640
Landmark/RosettaStone
March 23-24, 2014
38.2%38.5%23.3%+/-4.0600
AVERAGES 40.4% 38.5% 21.1% +/-4.07 586.67
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
General election match up
Poll Michelle Nunn (D) Jack Kingston (R)UndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
Public Policy Polling
August 2-5, 2013
40%38%21%+/-4.3520
Public Policy Polling
January 24-26, 2014
44%42%14%+/-3.9640
Landmark/RosettaStone
March 23-24, 2014
37%37.7%25.3%+/-4.0600
AVERAGES 40.33% 39.23% 20.1% +/-4.07 586.67
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


General election match up
Poll Michelle Nunn (D) Karen Handel (R)UndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
Public Policy Polling
August 2-5, 2013
40%38%22%+/-4.3520
Public Policy Polling
January 24-26, 2014
44%40%16%+/-3.9640
Landmark/RosettaStone
March 23-24, 2014
38.1%37.0%24.9%+/-4.0600
AVERAGES 40.7% 38.33% 20.97% +/-4.07 586.67
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


General election match up
Poll Michelle Nunn (D) Derrick Grayson (R)UndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
Public Policy Polling
August 2-5, 2013
42%36%22%+/-4.3520
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


General election match up
Poll Michelle Nunn (D) David Perdue (R)UndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
Public Policy Polling
August 2-5, 2013
40%40%21%+/-4.3520
Landmark/RosettaStone
March 23-24, 2014
33%37.5%29.5%+/-4.0600
AVERAGES 36.5% 38.75% 25.25% +/-4.15 560
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


General election match up
Poll Michelle Nunn (D) Eugene Yu (R)UndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
Public Policy Polling
August 2-5, 2013
42%35%24%+/-4.3520
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


Endorsements

Republican candidates

Paul Broun (R) received an endorsement from Ron Paul on April 25, 2013.[19] 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.”[19]

Democratic candidates

EMILY’s List, the pro-abortion-rights Democratic women’s group, said August 26, 2013, it is endorsing Michelle Nunn for the open Georgia Senate seat.[27] 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.[27]

“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, but it’s just as important that we keep her right-wing, extremist opponents out of the Senate.”[27]

Media

Karen Handel released the first ad of the campaign on September 5, 2013.[28]. The radio ad, running on talk radio and country music stations in the Atlanta, Athens, and Savannah markets, attacks opponents Jack Kingston, Phil Gingrey, and Paul Broun for failing to help kill Obamacare.[28]

Campaign donors

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.[29]

Outside spending

Top contractors from the defense industry are putting their money behind Rep. Jack Kingston (R) in a member versus member battle for the nomination in the primary election.[30] Early in the election cycle, he has emerged as the top recipient of campaign contributions from top defense firms.[30] As of July 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.[30]

Election history

2010

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.[31]

U.S. Senate, Georgia General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJohnny Isakson Incumbent 58.3% 1,489,904
     Democratic Michael "Mike" Thurmond 39% 996,515
     Libertarian Chuck Donovan 2.7% 68,750
     Independent Steve Davis 0% 52
     Independent Raymond Beckworth 0% 24
     Independent Brian Russell Brown 0% 12
Total Votes 2,555,257

2008

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.[32]

U.S. Senate, Georgia General Election, 2008
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngSaxby Chambliss Incumbent 49.8% 1,867,097
     Democratic Jim Martin 46.8% 1,757,393
     Libertarian Allen Buckley 3.4% 127,923
     Independent Elanor Garcia 0% 43
     Independent William Salomone, Jr 0% 29
Total Votes 3,752,485

See also

External links

References

  1. Washington Post "Saxby Chambliss retiring in 2014," January 25, 2013
  2. Atlanta Journal Constitution "Your daily jolt: By federal order, Georgia's 2014 primary will be earliest in state history" Accessed July 15, 2013
  3. Will Rep. Paul Broun be Karl Rove's first 'unelectable' target?, Liz Marlantes, The Christian Science Monitor, February 6, 2013
  4. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, "Phil Gingrey rejects gun clip limits, changes course on Todd Akin," March 11, 2013
  5. AJC "Phil Gingrey Enters 2014 Race for U.S. Senate" Accessed March 28, 2013
  6. 6.0 6.1 Atlanta Journal Constitution "Jack Kingston declares for U.S. Senate -- and Karen Handel says, 'Don't forget me'" Accessed May 2, 2013
  7. The Coastal Source "Congressman Jack Kingston to make announcement Thursday" Accessed May 2, 2013
  8. Roll Call "Another Georgia Republican Closes In on Senate Race #GASEN" Accessed May 15, 2013
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 9.3 Washington Post "Kingston joins Republican Senate field in Georgia" Accessed May 2, 2013
  10. Huffington Post "Karen Handel Senate" Accessed May 17, 2013
  11. CLATL "Meet Derrick Grayson, 'The Minister of Truth,' yet another U.S. Senate candidate" Accessed July 12, 2013
  12. Z Politics, "Eugene Yu announces for U. S. Senate," accessed August 26, 2013
  13. Atlanta Journal Constitution, "Your daily jolt: Korean-American to enter GOP race for U.S. Senate," accessed August 26, 2013
  14. Florida Times Union, "Georgia's first Korean candidate for Senate says common sense makes him qualified," accessed August 26, 2013
  15. NewsTimes "Ga. Democrats have a Senate candidate" Accessed July 12, 2013
  16. Atlanta Journal Constitution "Newcomer Nunn built service career" Accessed May 29, 2013
  17. Politico "Georgia Senate race 2014: Michelle Nunn to announce run" Accessed July 23, 2013
  18. Atlanta Journal Constitution "Michelle Nunn declares herself a U.S. Senate candidate" Accessed July 23, 2013
  19. 19.0 19.1 19.2 Washington Post "Michelle Nunn announces Georgia Senate campaign" Accessed July 23, 2013
  20. WABE, "Miles Joins Growing Field of Dems in 2014 Senate Race," accessed September 24, 2013
  21. Steen Miles for U.S. Senate Facebook Page, "Info," accessed September 24, 2013
  22. National Journal "Holcomb Considering Ga. Senate, Gubernatorial Bids" Accessed May 2, 2013
  23. Atlanta Journal Constitution "John Barrow will not run for Senate" Accessed May 8, 2013
  24. Marietta Daily Journal "Price won't run for Senate seat" Accessed May 13, 2013
  25. Washington Post "Saxby Chambliss retiring in 2014," January 25, 2013
  26. 26.0 26.1 Huffington Post " Senate 2014: How Much Money Do The Candidates Have?" accessed February 25, 2012
  27. 27.0 27.1 27.2 Politico, "EMILY’s List endorses Michelle Nunn for Georgia Senate," accessed August 26, 2013
  28. 28.0 28.1 National Journal, "Handel Radio Ad Beats Ga. Opponents to the Airwaves," accessed September 9, 2013
  29. National Journal "Kingston Outraises Ga. Senate Potentials, As Gingrey Maintains Cash Lead" Accessed April 17, 2013
  30. 30.0 30.1 30.2 Politico "Defense firms dive into Georgia Senate primary" Accessed July 18, 2013
  31. U.S. Congress House Clerk "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010"
  32. U.S. Congress House Clerk "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 2008"