Michelle Nunn: I'll Win Senate Race 'The First Time,' Dodge Runoff

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Georgia U.S. Senate Democratic candidate Michelle Nunn rings a doorbell while canvassing a neighborhood for voter support with daughter Elizabeth Martin, 9, Monday, Nov. 3, 2014, in Decatur, Ga. (AP Photo/David Goldman)David Goldman / AP

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Democrat Michelle Nunn says her campaign is preparing to win her battle for the Senate “the first time” and avoid a runoff election in January.

In an exclusive interview with NBC News, Nunn said she’s confident that she’s pulled together a broad enough coalition to reach the 50 percent mark in her contest with Republican David Perdue.

“We feel huge enthusiasm, excitement and energy and we really believe that we are going to win tomorrow and do it the first time,” she said.

A Sunday poll from NBC News/Marist showed Nunn trailing Perdue in a three-way race with libertarian Amanda Swafford, getting 44 percent of the vote to Perdue’s 48 percent. Ina hypothetical head-to-head matchup, Nunn trails 46 to 49 percent.

Nunn reiterated Monday that Senate leaders Harry Reid and Mitch McConnell bear some of the blame for gridlock in Congress, and she again declined to support Majority Leader Harry Reid outright.

“I hold the leadership in Washington accountable for not getting the work done and I think Mitch McConnell and Harry Reid know that they have accountability for that along with the entire Congress,” she said. “So we need to do better and that is what the American people are saying and I think that is what we will hear in this election.”

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