It’s been one week since the July 22nd GOP Primary Runoff in Georgia. Businessman David Perdue bested the candidate we endorsed, Jack Kingston.
By most accounts, Kingston should have won by 5+ points. We’re struggling to understand how Kingston lost with having so much going in his favor.
Here are the top 3 reasons Jack Kingston should have not lost last Tuesday:
1. Endorsement, and lots of them – Since the May primary, Kingston was endorsed by Handel, Gingrey, & Broun, the 3rd, 4th, & 5th place finishers respectively. Their votes combined accounted for around 40%.
2. Runoff in GA1 – With the runoff for his former Congressional seat at stake, Kingston should have been able to count on bigger than normal numbers from the Savannah-based district. Kingston is wildly popular at home and according to the GA Secretary of State’s Elections Results website (results.enr.clarityelections.com/GA) he won Chatham County (Savannah) with 85% of the 17,000+ votes. But that pales in comparison to a county like Cobb which brought in more than 47,000 votes.
3. Money – While Perdue & Kingston raised similar amounts of cash, Perdue had the deep pockets of the Chamber of Commerce on his side.
This is the reason we actual count the votes; anything can happen. It’s hard to believe, but Perdue persuaded enough Handel, Gingrey, & Broun voters to give him the W.