Republican U.S. Senate candidate David Perdue met about 60 supporters outside of the Zaxby’s restaurant on Zebulon Road on Friday evening, urging them to get as many people to the polls Tuesday.
Perdue is facing U.S. Rep. Jack Kingston, R-Ga., in a runoff for the Senate seat being vacated by Saxby Chambliss. The winner of the Perdue-Kingston matchup will face Democrat Michelle Nunn in November’s general election.
Perdue has been busy crisscrossing the state in what has been a grassroots campaign since the beginning. While Kingston has been playing up his political experience, Perdue has cast himself as a political outsider who has never before run for office. TV ads featuring the two candidates have gone very negative as each candidate has claimed to be the one representing true conservative values.
“I feel pretty good about where we are,” Perdue told his supporters. “I mean, they’ve hit us with everything they can hit us with.”
Perdue said conservative radio talk show host Herman Cain and others are outraged at ads from Kingston, which portray Perdue as being in favor of amnesty for immigrants, for example.
Other issues that Perdue said he favors include fixing the economy and term limits for Congress.
“If you like what’s going on, then vote for my opponent. Nothing’s going to change,” Perdue said. “But I think we’re all outraged about what is going on. ... My plea to you is stand with me and help me take our country back.”
Many of Perdue’s supporters said they like his position as an outsider, given the recent polls that have indicated the unpopularity of Congress.
Macon-Bibb County Commissioner Mallory Jones, who introduced Perdue at Friday’s rally, said he preferred Perdue to Kingston because of Perdue’s business background.
“I think his business background is something we need in the U.S. Senate,” Jones said. “I think he’ll make a positive difference. I’m an outsider, so I can relate. Perdue has the experience of being in the private sector. He knows what it’s like in the real world.”
Because Nunn, the Democrat, also is running as an outsider, Bryan Hays, of Macon, said he thinks Perdue stands a better chance of beating her in November than Kingston would.
“In the primary, I voted for Kingston,” Hays said. “But in the runoff, I voted for Perdue. I want change in Washington, and I think Perdue has the better chance to beat Nunn. I want someone who is not (a Washington insider). Plus, he’s a businessman.”