Early voting begins in some Georgia counties as Warnock and Walker sprint to December 6 runoff
Updated: 8:50 p.m.: With the deadline for early voting fast approaching, both Sen. David Perdue and Rep. Jack Kingston are scrambling to get out their vote with just a few days until the Nov. 7 election.
The former have held two events in Atlanta this week, the first with Perdue speaking to supporters at a barbecue. The second was to announce in the parking lot of a Hampton Inn on Dec. 1 that a runoff would be held Dec. 6 between the two candidates, if no one wins 50.4 percent in either race.
The former congressman told supporters at the first event that he would be returning to his old stomping grounds on Dec. 1, but Kingston appeared with his campaign manager on Monday to announce that his campaign had obtained a federal early-voting access card on Wednesday.
“Today marks another milestone in the campaign to elect Jack Kingston as the next U.S. Senator-Elect,” Kingston said in a statement released by his campaign on Monday morning. “I will be returning to the Peach State to do everything in my power to help make the case that Jack Kingston is the best man to represent our state.”
But there is little time to get out the vote unless the Republicans, who hold a narrow lead in the polls, decide to throw in the towel and allow a Democratic candidate to take out the seat of the late U.S. Rep. Harold Ford Jr., who died during an elective surgery last July.
“There’s a lot of things we have to do to get people engaged,” Kingston told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution by phone last week, the first person to interview him who was not a member of his campaign staff. “We have a strong race with a lot of people that are trying to make a difference in the runoff.”