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Karen Handel throws support behind Georgia Rep. Jack Kingston in Senate race

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U.S. Rep. Jack Kingston, who is one of the two Republican candidates left in a runoff in the race for U.S. Senate seat in Georgia, added today former Secretary of State Karen Handel to a growing list of his political supporters. Kingston is running against businessman David Perdue, a political newbie whose cousin is former Georgia Governor Sunny Perdue.

“Today I am formally endorsing Jack Kingston, the conservative choice for U.S. Senate,” said Handel, who finished third in the GOP primary. “I have had the unique opportunity over the last year to get to know all of the candidates very well, under the difficult circumstances and significant pressures of a statewide race. What I’ve seen in Jack is a man of integrity who is devoted to his family. A man who is fiercely dedicated to the conservative principles that are the foundation of the Republican Party.

“A man who has represented the people of the 1st Congressional District honorably and effectively for more than 20 years.”

Handel called Kingston a “workhorse not a show horse” in her statement, and cited Kingston’s 74 percent support in his first congressional district as a good example of how well the congressman has represented his constituents in Washington. Kingston started out in Georgia Congress in 1985 and has held office ever since, moving on to Washington in 1993. He has served as vice-chair of the Republican Conference from 2002 to 2006.

Perdue got under Handel’s skin during the primary when he called her out for never finishing college. Handel right away labeled the businessman “elitist” and said that he was disrespectful to all voters who don’t have a higher degree.

Kingston finished second in the primary behind Perdue, but he has already received endorsements from U.S. Rep. Lynn Westmoreland (R-Ga) and the Atlanta Tea Party co-chair Julianne Thompson. Most, if not all, Georgia Reps. are expected to endorse their long-time colleague.

It will be interesting to see whom U.S. Senators Johnny Isakson (R-Ga) and retiring Saxby Chambliss (R-Ga) support. After all, both gentlemen have spent quite a bit of time in the upper chamber and they probably know better than most what is needed there.

The runoff election will take place on July 22. Click here to read Handel’s full statement.

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