SAVANNAH, Ga., March 29, 2014 – Tonight, Republican candidates will take the stage in Savannah, Ga., for the fifth of seven debates scheduled before the U.S. Senate primary on May 20. The crowded field includes three sitting U.S. representatives — Reps. Jack Kingston, Paul Broun, and Phil Gingrey — as well as former Reebok CEO David Perdue, former Georgia Secretary of State Karen Handel, activist Derrick Grayson, and attorney Art Gardner.
Thus far in the primary, candidates have jousted for designation as the “most conservative” and spent more time focusing on the economy than any other issue. In a surprising move for such a deeply red state, most campaign rhetoric has steered away from hot-button social issues like same-sex marriage and abortion rights. Currently, most polls have Perdue with a slight lead, with Kingston and Broun trailing closely.
The debate will take place at the Savannah Arts Academy at 6 p.m. and will be sponsored by the Georgia Republican Party. Two more debates will be held in Augusta and Columbus, and early voting will begin late next month. Live Stream will begin just before 6 p.m. here at Communities Digital News.