Rep. Jack Kingston could have won the primary runoff easily in the Black community but the wrong cats must have been in his ear. We are talking about the same Jack who has frequently visited and represented Savannah State University for years.
Military bases and the agriculture industry are the economic backbones of non-Atlanta parts of Georgia but no one had the idea to get 6,000 or so votes from Democrats who Jack has helped time and time again. Look, I live in little Worth County and Kingston got 605 votes here but in huge Albany with a Marine base, Jack only received 655 votes. Say what?
It’s the proverbial two-edged sword. The consultants around the Kingston campaign knew that he needed Tea Party support to win the primary and the Tea Party will not vote for anyone who gets any votes from moderates.
Was anyone in the Kingston camp watching the Thad Cochran Senate primary in Mississippi? Cochran turned to the Black community for enough support to get over the top; he sought his old friends. Jack Kingston has more old friends on the Democrat side than any House Republican from Georgia.
I just talked with Georgia Secretary of State’s office and they confirmed that people who didn’t vote in the primary election could have voted for either side in the runoff. The right Black community leaders in Savannah alone could have gotten out 6,000 Black votes on the strength of Jack’s closeness to our community and long history of hiring Black staffers in key position. But, they decided to leave that on the table.
To be honest, Democrats wanted to see Kingston vs. Michelle Nunn because Jack has a long history of statement about President Obama. Nunn will not say it nor think it but Black folks coming out to vote in November will be as much about helping the Obama administration have a Democrat-controlled Senate as much as it is about her….and that is okay.
When David Perdue’s cousin took the governor’s office from Roy Barnes, some people vote for Sonny Perdue but many people voted against Barnes over the confederate flag and a teachers issue. You win how you can. David Perdue shouldn’t say the word “Obama” until Christmas but he will…the far Right will require that he does. The attacks on Obama will drive Obama supporters to the polls and if Nunn can secure a few percentage points from suburban GOP women, she wins and helps the Dems hold the U.S. Senate.
Mrs. Nunn must know that Get Out the Vote and street operations will be as important as T.V. ads. Remember, if Jack had half the street operations that Thad Cochran had, he would have won.