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Jack Kingston to support David Perdue in November election

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SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) -

Businessman David Perdue beat out long term Congressman Jack Kingston for Georgia's Republican U.S. Senate nomination. Perdue took 51 percent of the vote in Tuesday's runoff.

Kingston's latest post on his Facebook page thanked his supporters and saying he called Perdue to congratulate him.

With Kingston's loss, many in Savannah were not happy about the outcome.

"I think with Kingston, things moved a lot smoother," said O.C. Welch. "It is going to be interesting with the new person. I really like Kingston in the seat."

"I had a lot of people weigh in on my account about how shocked and disappointed," said Johnny Hines. "No one is happy with this. It always goes down to the same thing. People in Atlanta will not vote for people from Southeast Georgia. This man here should be our next senator."

Kingston said his most immediate plans include making sure Perdue beats Michelle Nunn so Republicans retain that Senate seat.

However, the runoff outcome is still somewhat unsettling for some.

In the latest polls leading up to the runoff showed Kingston was favored to win, and he had endorsements ranging from the Chamber of Commerce to local Tea Party groups and the Savannah Ports Authority.

In Chatham County, Kingston got 86 percent of the vote, with about 12,500 more votes than Perdue.

Perdue erased Kingston's home base advantage by running more consistently around the rest of the state, particularly in heavily populated Atlanta and its suburbs.

After the votes came in, Kingston talked about what he plans to do now.

"I am going to help my party through November," Kingston said. "I still have my day job, which goes until January, so I am going to serve the people of Georgia. I still need to mop up this campaign. There are so many people I need to thank, so many people on the staff that needs help finding jobs."

"He is involved with everything," said Welch. "He is a politician that you just don't find. If he has skeletons in his closet, we have never seen them. He has always worked for his constituents and done the best job he can do for the people he represents."

Kingston said the fight for conservatives is not over, and now comes the push for Perdue in the November election.

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