Republicans Launch Robo-Calls as Georgia Senate Race Heats Up

In this tight contest, the NRSC’s latest effort tries to tie Michelle Nunn to the president.

Points of Light Foundation CEO Michelle Nunn makes brief remarks during the presentation of the 5,000th "Points of Light" Foundation award with President Barack Obama in the East Room of the White House in Washington, DC on July 15, 2013. 
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Alex Roarty
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Alex Roarty
Oct. 24, 2014, 5:28 p.m.

Re­pub­lic­ans are launch­ing a new round of robo-calls against Sen­ate can­did­ate Michelle Nunn this week­end, seiz­ing on Pres­id­ent Obama’s re­cent com­ment that if the Geor­gia Demo­crat wins her race, he and the party “can keep do­ing some good work.”

The calls, paid for by the Na­tion­al Re­pub­lic­an Sen­at­ori­al Com­mit­tee, were to start Fri­day night and tar­get “swing voters” statewide, ac­cord­ing to Ron Bon­jean, spokes­man for the NR­SC’s in­de­pend­ent-ex­pendit­ure arm.

The calls in­clude a clip of the pres­id­ent ur­ging Demo­crats to vote for Nunn dur­ing an in­ter­view with an At­lanta-area ra­dio sta­tion. She faces Re­pub­lic­an Dav­id Per­due in a race most ana­lysts ex­pect neither can­did­ate will win on Elec­tion Day, lead­ing to an early Janu­ary run­off.

Us­ing the pres­id­ent’s words has an ob­vi­ous in­cent­ive for Re­pub­lic­ans: He is un­pop­u­lar in the state, and Nunn has re­peatedly told voters that she would be an in­de­pend­ent-minded law­maker in the Sen­ate.

“In Geor­gia, we need a sen­at­or who will stand up to Pres­id­ent Obama and Demo­crat­ic lead­er­ship,” a wo­man says dur­ing the robo-call. “Michelle Nunn will be a rub­ber stamp for the failed policies of Pres­id­ent Obama.”

An aide to the com­mit­tee said Obama’s words might be in­cluded in ad­di­tion­al ads—for now, the NR­SC said “sev­er­al hun­dred thou­sand” calls will be made.

The group’s in­vest­ment in Geor­gia is just the latest sign of in­creased in­volve­ment from both parties in the state’s Sen­ate race, which has un­ex­pec­tedly be­come one of the midterm elec­tion’s most com­pet­it­ive. A CNN/ORC poll re­leased today showed Nunn hold­ing a slight lead, though a sur­vey from the At­lanta Journ­al-Con­sti­tu­tion re­por­ted that Per­due main­tained a small edge.

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