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GOP Senate Clash in Georgia Concludes Next Week

Rep. Jack Kingston and businessman David Perdue face off in a runoff.
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Congressman Jack Kingston, left, speaks with supporters Tuesday, July 15, 2014 in Savannah, Ga., at an early voting rally before crossing the street to the main registration office to cast his ballot in the Republican Primary Runoff election for Senate. on Tuesday, July 15, 2014 in Savannah, Ga. Kingston and David Perdue face a July 22 runoff after a crowded primary. (AP Photo/Savannah Morning News, Steve Bisson) THE EXAMINER.COM OUT; SFEXAMINER.COM OUT; WASHINGTONEXAMINER.COM OUTSteve Bisson / AP

Georgia’s nine-week intra-party slugfest comes to an end on Tuesday, when Rep. Jack Kingston, R-Ga., and businessman David Perdue face off in the state’s longest Senate GOP runoff in its history. Kingston and Perdue finished first and second, respectively, in the original May 20 Georgia primary.

In their lone runoff debate, Kingston pounded Perdue as an aloof -- and out-of-touch -- business titan. "Your whole lifestyle is based in a different way," Kingston told Perdue. "You live inside a gate inside a gated community with a gate on your house.”

Perdue, meanwhile, argued that Kingston was part of the problem in Washington. "Folks, the congressman has been in Washington for 22 years," he said. "The decision in this race is very simple: If you like what is going on in Washington, then vote for my opponent."

The little available polling shows Kingston with a lead, but in a low-turnout runoff, the outcome is uncertain.

The winner will face Democrat Michelle Nunn in November’s Senate general election.

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Republican candidate for Senate Jack Kingston speaks to supporters during a election-night watch party Tuesday, May 20, 2014 in Atlanta. Seven Republicans and four Democrats are running for the Georgia seat, which opened when Sen. Saxby Chambliss announced plans to retire. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)John Bazemore / AP
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Georgia Republican Senate candidate, David Perdue speaks to supporters at a primary election night party, Tuesday, May 20, 2014, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman)David Goldman / AP