GOP holds on to Senate seat in Georgia

David Perdue defeats Michelle Nunn, avoiding runoff

By Luke Brinker
Published November 5, 2014 4:08AM (EST)
David Perdue         (AP/David Goldman)
David Perdue (AP/David Goldman)

Republican David Perdue will succeed retiring Sen. Saxby Chambliss, besting Democrat Michelle Nunn and exceeding the 50 percent plus one required to avoid a January runoff, the AP reports.

Nunn had narrowed the gap with Perdue in the wake of comments he made about his outsourcing record, although recent polls showed the race trending back Perdue's way. Along with Kansas and Kentucky -- both of which have been called for the GOP tonight -- Georgia had been a rare opportunity for a Democratic pickup.

The AP also projects that GOP Gov. Nathan Deal will win outright, defeating Democratic challenger Jason Carter, the grandson of former President Jimmy Carter.

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