Cheat Sheet to 2014 GOP Senate Races: Georgia

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Unlike some states where the incumbent is fighting tooth and nail to retain his position, Georgia’s Sen. Saxby Chambliss is retiring, leaving his seat open to be claimed after his two terms in office. This leaves eight Republicans preparing to put up a fight for Georgia, a state Gallup considered “competitive” as of 2013 with a slight lean to the right.

These include Reps. Jack Kingston (R-Ga.), Phil Gingrey, Paul Broun, and David Perdue, and former Secretary of State Karen Handel. But when it comes to fundraising success, there’s a clear winner — and it’s not Broun or Kingston, or even a Republican for that matter. It’s Michelle Nunn (D-Ga.) at $2.4 million, compared to Jack Kingston’s $1.1 million, David Perdue’s store of personal funding he can draw from, and the under $350,000 that both Broun, Gingrey, and Handel earned, as reported by The Washington Post. 

Republicans in the state could be facing a greater battle in Nunn than in each other ultimately. “What a lot of people don’t understand about the Republicans in Georgia is that up to 2002 a lot of them had a ‘D’ next to their name. They’re very comfortable with names like Carter and Nunn,” said Erick Erickson, the founder of Red State who considered running at one time, to MSNBC. Part of the concern lies in the rather conservative views of some of the Republican candidates, more to the right perhaps than many in the more purple hued state may be comfortable with.

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