Political eyes will look toward Macon on Thursday as U.S. Senate candidates Michelle Nunn and David Perdue participate in a forum at the Macon Marriott City Center.
Hosted by the Georgia Chamber of Commerce, the Georgia Association of Broadcasters and the Georgia News Network, the event, which starts at 12:15 p.m., marks the first time the candidates will appear together, according to a news release from the Georgia Chamber.
Candidates will give opening statements and then answer questions from a moderator, according to the release.
The race between Nunn, a Democrat, and Perdue, a Republican, is going to be a “huge national event,” said Charles Bullock, the Richard B. Russell Professor of political science at the University of Georgia.
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Democrats see this as their best chance to pick up a seat when outgoing Republican Sen. Saxby Chambliss retires. Democrats also are fighting to hold on to some of their seats and keep a majority in the Senate. If the Democrats pick up a Georgia seat, that’s one fewer they have to defend elsewhere, he said.
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