All eyes on Georgia

Outcome of GOP Senate runoff makes state crucial in political play

Georgia voters Tuesday sent Washington a clear message they want a clean sweep of Congress.

To follow through, they’ll need to empty the dustpan in November.

That’s when political newcomer David Perdue – who rode a wave of anti-incumbent furor to narrowly defeat veteran U.S. Rep. Jack Kingston in the GOP Senate primary – faces off against Democrat Michelle Nunn.

Voters said they wanted new blood representing Georgia in the Senate and they meant it. Consider: Three sitting congressmen fought for this seat – and lost.

Nunn, like Perdue, also is a relative newcomer. But her political pedigree – she’s daughter of Georgia’s longtime U.S. Sen. Sam Nunn – makes her a formidable opponent, even in red-state Georgia.

The decision is a no-brainer – Perdue must win the seat. This race now becomes one of the country’s most important. There’s too much at stake for Georgia, and our nation, to lose.

This country is at a tipping point, and the next two years will determine whether it goes down the road of freedom and prosperity or tyranny and hardships. Our current president, the most radical left-wing ideologue ever to hold the office, is stifling the economy with regulations, taxes and a health-care takeover, while rewriting laws and redefining America’s borders and leadership in the world.

He simply must be stopped.

And that starts with conservatives reclaiming the U.S. Senate. Taking both houses of Congress is essential if the Republican Party is to have any hope of moderating the Obama administration’s destructive agenda of governmental overreach, foreign-policy weakness and assault on individual liberties.

Control of the Senate is crucial to blocking this president’s judicial appointments – jurist-activists who share his radical-left leanings and perverted constitutional interpretations.

Any acrimony that existed between the Perdue and Kingston camps during the bloodiest primary and runoff in recent Georgia history needs to be put aside. Though Perdue lacks the experience and relationships Kingston created during his 11 terms in Washington, we would hope Perdue – a former CEO of Reebok and Dollar General – will bring boardroom sensibilities to a town in desperate need of fiscal restraint.

The conservative voices who spoke on behalf of Kingston, including this editorial page, must now pledge the same support for Perdue to ensure a victory.

To do differently is to endorse Nunn, who surely will draw millions in campaign funds from the national Democratic Party in her attempt to win the seat and defend her party’s Senate majority.

The nation’s eyes will be on the Peach State during the midterm elections. Let it be Georgia that helps turn this ship around with a solid Perdue victory in November.

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