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Kingston, Perdue weigh-in on Cantor upset in Virginia

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After a major Republican primary upset in Virginia, Georgia's two Republican candidates for US Senate are ramping up their efforts as the runoff election nears, and they say the Virginia vote has put things in perspective for them.

David Perdue was in Columbus visiting his campaign office, where volunteers are working around the clock to call neighbors and supporters.

Jack Kingston is in Washington, where President Obama green-lighted his Savannah River harbor expansion project.

Both candidates are learning from US Congressman Eric Cantor's loss to college professor and political novice Dave Brat, a member of the Tea Party, in Virginia. Perdue says he is hopeful that the upset is a sign of things to come in Georgia.


"I think the people of Virginia made a statement that they're looking for fresh ideas," says Perdue. "They're not happy with the results coming out of Washington, and they're going to hold the people there responsible."

Kingston, however, says Cantor lost because he forgot about his district. "Eric Cantor had not gone home, and as part of being a national leader, he was traveling back and forth from the East Coast to the West Coast, north to south, and taking care of his own district last," Kingston says, "and that kind of thing comes home to haunt you."

The runoff election between Perdue and Kingston, as well as other Georgia races, is set for July 22.

Jessi Mitchell

Jessi joined the WRBL news team in October 2012 after working as a freelance production assistant for MTV Networks in Los Angeles.
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