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Kingston confident heading into final push in primary runoff


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One of the biggest races in Tuesday's primary runoff is the open U.S. Senate seat left vacant by Saxby Chambliss.

The race for the Republican side is businessman David Perdue against First District Congressman Jack Kingston.

Kingston said he plans to address the crowd around 9 p.m., win or lose.

Kingston was leading by a small amount in most polls, and even though he said you cannot trust those, you could tell he was confident on Tuesday.

Kingston lost his voice last week after campaigning so much returned to Atlanta to make his final pitch to voters as to why he should be chosen. He stressed his over two decades of experience in Congress.

He points out that he has dozens of endorsements from former candidates, the Chamber of Commerce and others, far more than his opponent. Another factor he said was very important is the turnout back in our district. Kingston won the Coastal District by a landslide in May, and he hopes that will stay the same.

"We are hoping that the First District, hotly debated First Congressional race, brings out my hometown base," said Kingston. "We feel that will be a key factor. We have also worked hard in the other areas of the state where there are other local races. Among the Republican network, we have most of the key players.

Both Kingston and Perdue said it has been a long and expensive runoff campaign, with the primary being moved to May.

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