By Alex Oakley, National Right to Life Political Intern
The 2014 primary season continued on Tuesday, July 22, with runoff elections in Georgia made necessary because no candidate won 50% of the vote May 20.
The Republicans’ runoff for Georgia’s open Senate seat featured pro-lifers David Perdue and Jack Kingston competing for the nomination. Perdue won a very close contest, receiving 51% of the vote to Kingston’s 49%.
David Perdue, who was endorsed by National Right to Life on Wednesday, will be running against Michelle Nunn, a pro-abortion Democrat. Nunn is supported by EMILY’s List, an organization which only supports candidates who support abortion on demand, partial-birth abortion, and using tax dollars to fund abortions. The election is currently considered a toss-up by The Cook Political Report.
In Georgia’s 1st congressional district, Brian Reese, who has not yet stated a position on abortion, won the Democratic nomination with 63% of the vote to Amy Tavio’s 37%.
Pro-life state Senator Buddy Carter won the Republican nomination over Robert Johnson with 54% of the vote to Johnson’s 46%. The Cook Political Report is currently reporting that this race is expected to be a solid Republican win.
There were also Republican runoffs in Georgia’s 10th and 11th congressional districts.
Dr. Jody Hice–a pro-life pastor– defeated Mike Collins (54%-46%) in the 10th district. Hice, a pastor, is running as a heavy favorite against attorney Ken Dious (D), who has no clear position on abortion.
Pro-Life state Senator Barry Loudermilk defeated pro-life former Congressman Bob Barr (66%-34%) in the 11th district. Loudermilk does not have a Democratic challenger, making the 11th district an almost guaranteed Republican win. Loudermilk stated, “Life is the ultimate right endowed by God and it is the responsibility of governments to defend that right not to destroy it.”