Perdue wins Republican U.S. Senate nomination, Kingston concedes

ATLANTA, Georgia (AP) – State Republican voters chose businessman David Perdue as their nominee for the state’s open U.S. Senate seat.

It was a tight race between Perdue and Congressman Jack Kingston.

Tuesday night, Kingston conceded to Perdue.

The real battle begins now against Michelle Nunn.

The race is being closely watched nationally because Republicans are trying to win back the Senate for the final two years of President Barack Obama’s term. The GOP cannot afford to lose the seat, which is held by retiring Republican Sen. Saxby Chambliss.

The race will shape up largely as two outsiders battling for moderate and independent voters in a state that has voted reliably Republican in recent years.

Perdue’s immediate challenges will be to quickly raise money and rally support among GOP establishment, which had largely backed longtime Rep. Jack Kingston.

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