Nunn comes up short in Senate race
David Perdue (R) took a sizable early lead over Michelle Nunn (D) Tuesday and held on to win the U.S. Senate seat currently occupied by Saxby Chambliss (R). Perdue takes over in January.
The mood was upbeat at Nunn’s election party at Hyatt Regency Atlanta. About two hours after the polls closed, Perdue was shown to be leading the race with 57% of the vote. A member of Nunn’s staff took the stage to keep the crowd optimistic, letting supporters know half the state’s votes had yet to be counted, including areas Nunn was expected to win.
But Perdue, who needed 51% of the overall vote to win the race, got 53%. Libertarian candidate Amanda Swafford got 2%.
“I offered David my strongest possible support as he works to unite Georgia and to build bridges across party lines,” Nunn told supporters after conceding to Perdue. “And to serve all of the people of Georgia.”