David Perdue and U.S. Rep. Jack Kingston, R-Savannah, each rolled through Hall County on Wednesday, hoping to turn out the vote in the July 22 runoff.
North Georgia has become a battleground for the Republican candidates as they vie for the party nomination in the race for the state’s U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Saxby Chambliss, R-Moultrie.
In recent weeks, both Perdue and Kingston have visited the area and spoken to the South Hall Republican Club.
Perdue pulled up to Curt’s Restaurant in Flowery Branch to the warm reception of about a dozen supporters, some of whom said they had already cast their vote for the cousin of former Gov. Sonny Perdue.
“Then I didn’t get shut out, did I?” Perdue said.
Perdue won in Hall County in the primary, but a new race is unfolding in the closing days.
Perdue’s campaign staff members said they were energized for the stretch run and expected a strong showing at the polls next week.
Meanwhile, Kingston made the rounds at the Longstreet Café in Gainesville, a must-stop scene on the local campaign trail.
Shaking hands and talking of family life, Kingston encouraged voters to cast their ballot and let their voice be heard.
But some in attendance said they were still undecided, and that’s exactly whom Kingston said he came to see.
Kingston said winning Hall County and other parts of North Georgia would be crucial to his chances of winning.
The populous and conservative region is where each candidate could win or lose the runoff.
Turnout will be crucial.
Less than 20 percent of registered voters in Hall County cast ballots in the primary.
However, Elections Director Charlotte Sosebee said turnout during the early voting period for the runoff has been slightly better.
Perdue garnered the most votes in the primary, but recent polling has Kingston evening the odds.
Each candidate is jockeying for position and hoping to come out relatively unscathed.
The winner faces a tough test in the general election against Democrat Michelle Nunn, a candidate with name-brand recognition and the ability to raise money, and Libertarian Amanda Swafford of Flowery Branch.