GOP Senate Runoff
1:18 pm
Wed June 4, 2014

Gingrey Endorses Kingston in U.S. Senate Race

Phil Gingrey (left), endorsing former rival Jack Kingston today.
Credit Lisa George/WABE

Another Republican U.S. Senate candidate who failed to make the run-off has thrown support behind Congressman Jack Kingston.

Kingston is running against businessman David Perdue for the party nomination.

Phil Gingrey came in fourth in the Republican primary. He said on primary night he wasn’t sure whether he would endorse anyone in the Kingston / Perdue run-off. 

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But Gingery says his own supporters changed his mind, telling WABE, “A lot of our constituents reached out to me and said, ‘Phil, Jack has been our second choice all along.  We would like for you to consider supporting Jack, because we want to support Jack, but we’ll follow your lead.’”

Kingston, from Savannah, has already picked up the endorsement of the third-place finisher, Karen Handel but calls Gingrey’s endorsement very important. “As a South Georgia boy, having somebody from the northwestern part of the state, along with Karen Handel, certainly helps us in the metropolitan area where, frankly, so many of the votes are,” said Kingston.

In response to Gingrey’s endorsement of Kingston today, businessman David Perdue’s campaign issued a statement. Perdue dismissed the endorsement, saying he "believes the majority of Georgians have had enough of the Washington insider crowd and are craving an alternative."

The runoff is July 22. The winner will face Democrat Michelle Nunn in the November general election.