President Obama said in a radio interview Thursday that if Senate candidate Michelle Nunn of Georgia wins, “Democrats keep control of the Senate.” Nunn is looking to replace retiring Republican U.S. Senator Saxby Chambliss.
The president told Ryan Cameron on Atlanta station V-103 Thursday that Nunn would beat Republican candidate David Perdue if Democrats turn out in high numbers less than two weeks from now.
“If Michelle Nunn wins, that means that Democrats keep control of the Senate, and that means that we can keep on doing some good work. So it is critically important to make sure that folks vote.
The president continued, telling Cameron that less than half of the registered population votes during the critical midterm elections:
“Michelle Nunn will win the Senate if there’s a high turnout among Democrats. If there’s low or ordinary turnout, she won’t win… If folks in Georgia vote at the same rate in the midterms as they do in the presidential election, Michelle Nunn will win.”
“When you think about the tradition of Georgia, when you think about Dr. King, and you think about John Lewis, and you think about what the civil rights movement meant in Georgia, the notion that less than half of your people vote doesn’t make any sense whatsoever.”
Nunn has climbed back in the polls with a slight advantage, leading in the RealClearPolitics average by less than one point ahead of the November 4 election. She has been attacking Perdue over his role in outsourcing jobs during his career in business.
Rob Collins, executive director of the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC), told the Tifton Gazette Thursday the worst is over, in reference to attacks against Perdue, who served as CEO of Pillowtex and retailer Dollar General.
“I think we’ve seen the worst of it… What we need to talk about more is that [Nunn] would be another rubber stamp for Senate Majority Harry Reid and the White House.”
Both Nunn and Perdue come from political families in Georgia. Nunn’s father is former Democratic Governor Sam Nunn, and Perdue is a cousin of former Republican Governor Sonny Perdue.
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H/T Red State