National Journal Names Handel ‘Strongest’ Senate Candidate

| August 30, 2013

GOP and DemsThe National Journal, a magazine aimed at Washington insiders, recently took a look inside the ten US Senate seats most likely to switch parties, and Georgia’s race to replace Saxby Chambliss came in 9th on the list.

National Journal seems to favor those currently not in office, specifically Karen Handel and David Perdue, as Georgia’s best chance to stay red.

“The race will come down to whom Republicans nominate and whether Democrats can mobilize African-American turnout in the state. The three House members running—Reps. Paul Broun, Phil Gingrey, and Jack Kingston—all look like underwhelming candidates. Broun and Gingrey, in particular, have a history of controversial statements that spark memories of Todd Akin. But Republicans also have former Secretary of State Karen Handel and businessman David Perdue, who don’t have Washington baggage, in the mix. Handel, who gained fame from her outspoken opposition to Planned Parenthood grants at the Komen Foundation, would probably be their strongest candidate.

As in Indiana last year, Democrats have a capable candidate in Michelle Nunn, daughter of the former senator. They face the arduous but necessary task of identifying black voters and getting many to show up when Obama isn’t on the ballot. If Republicans nominate another not-ready-for-prime-time candidate, they could make this a race to watch.”

Read more from the National Journal here.

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