On Wednesday, October 29, U.S. Senate Democratic candidate Michelle Nunn spoke to a small crowd of people at a local restaurant in Macon as she continues to engage voters less than one week before the November 4 elections. Nunn spoke about the differences between her and her opponent– Republican David Perdue. Nunn describe herself as the candidate who can reach across party lines and that there is a real choice in this race.
The Macon Telegraph had quoted Nunn who said the following: “Georgia voters, one thing they can’t say is that they don’t have a big contrast in this race,” said Nunn, a Democrat. “They have a real choice in this race, and we have the capacity, I think, to really change the trajectory both in Washington and in our leadership in Georgia.”
Polls show that the Perdue-Nunn election could go to a runoff because no one has been able to reach 50 percent. However, a surge of minority voters in major urban areas such as Macon could have an impact. So every vote counts and the city of Macon is one of the largest Democratic population centers in Georgia–outside of Atlanta.
The state of Georgia has become increasingly diverse with African-Americans being 31 percent of the state’s population. Latinos make up approximately nine percent and overall racial minorities make up 44 percent of the Peach State. Macon has been a popular destination throughout Nunn’s campaign. On Friday, October 17, Nunn visited Macon’s Burghard Elementary where she read to students and assisted kids in taking care of a community garden.
Nunn and Perdue have debated recently, but the first time that the two candidates had met was in an August 21 forum here in Macon which wasn’t classified as a debate despite both being on the same stage together. The forum in Macon-Bibb was hosted by the Georgia Chamber of Commerce and moderated by John Pruitt, a former news anchor for Atlanta’s WSB-TV. Both Nunn and Perdue were asked to speak on four general topics: Affordable Care Act, transportation, defense spending and immigration. The forum was televised locally on WMAZ-TV.
While Nunn was in Macon, Perdue was in Sandersville– 45 miles northeast of Macon– talking to voters and criticizing President Barack Obama at every opportunity.
Nunn told WMAZ-TV the following:
She also thinks Perdue spends too much time talking about President Obama, rather than focusing on her policies specifically.
“This race is a contest between David and between me,” emphasizes Nunn.