A new poll from former Secretary of State Karen Handel’s (R) campaign, conducted by Rosetta Stone Communications (IVR), shows the candidate running neck-and-neck with the frontrunner, businessman David Perdue (R) (May 6, 729 RPVs +/- 3.6%). Perdue takes 23% to Handel’s 21%, followed by Rep. Jack Kingston (R) with 15%, and Reps. Paul Broun (R) and Phil Gingrey (R) with 8% apiece. It’s the second poll this month to show Handel and Perdue nearly tied ahead of the May 20 primary. It’s unlikely any candidate will receive the 50% needed to avoid a runoff, so the two top vote getters will likely face off July 22. (release)
FUNDRAISING: An email from former nonprofit CEO Michelle Nunn’s campaign (D) says she raised $840,000 in the month leading up to her May 20 primary. She’s raked in a total of $6.6 million since she announced her candidacy 9 months ago, including a $2.4 million haul in the first quarter of 2014. (release)
A PAC OF HIS OWN: The new Southern Conservatives Fund will support Kingston. Run by his longtime friend Eric Johnson, the group is airing positive TV ads on his behalf in Albany and Macon. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)
NEW GINGREY AD: A new Gingrey ad makes fun of Perdue’s crying baby ads. Gingrey, an OB-GYN, says “having delivered over 5200 babies, I understand, when it’s time, it’s time. And the time to stop Obama is now.” It’s backed by a $275,000 buy that will run in Atlanta, Macon, Columbus, and Augusta markets leading up to the primary. (Roll Call)
ENDORSEMENTS: One-time presidential candidate Steve Forbes (R) endorsed the U.S. Chamber-backed Kingston.
“Jack Kingston knows what businesses need to grow because he comes from the business world,” Forbes said of the candidate. (release)
Kingston also got a nod from former congressman and creator of the Fair Tax, John Linder. Kingston has been a sponsor of the Fair Tax bill, which replaces federal income tax with a national sales tax, since it was introduced. (release)