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Kingston, Perdue feel long runoff campaign detrimental

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SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) -

Both Jack Kingston and David Perdue feel the longer primary runoff campaign may hurt them when the November general election rolls around.

It has been a very long, expensive and personal campaign for both men. Because the politics are similar, they have focused on the personal side, framing one another as the outsider or someone that will give you the same old thing.

Millions of dollars have been raised and spent on these campaigns, and Perdue even put in over $2 million of his own money into his.

Both candidates said that the long runoff campaign has been difficult. It changed this year when Congress voted to move the primary up to May and that made the runoff election almost twice as long.

So while Perdue and Kingston are spending money and effort, the Democrat Michelle Nunn is saving money.

"it is just more expensive," said Perdue. "I would prefer a shorter runoff, so we can save that money and put it towards a campaign against a Democrat in the fall. But I do not think that it gives myself or Mr. Kingston an advantage."

"What we do know is we have raised a lot of money to spend against each other," said Kingston. "Meanwhile the Democrat candidate is raining money and able to hoard it."

Both Kingston and Perdue are now at their watch parties. Both candidates will address the crowd around 8:30 p.m. or 9 p.m., win or lose.

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