An effective grassroots network. Perdue advisers said it never got much media attention, but they built a formidable network of activists across the state who tapped an anti-incumbent streak to boost their candidate. That foundation is still intact, they say, and will come in handy against Nunn.
The Chamber was both boon and burden. The closing days back-and-forth involved the U.S. Chamber's heavy investment in the race on Kingston's behalf, with a flood of positive ads (and a last-minute negative that few voters likely saw). Perdue used it as evidence that Kingston secretly supported "amnesty." Talk radio host Erick Erickson tweeted that he had trouble convincing many friends to vote Kingston because of the Chamber's backing.
Very few people like Congress. Kingston had to own 22 years in Congress. As he put it Tuesday: "You know, people are very frustrated with Washington, D.C. and I think that was a big hurdle. And my opponent capitalized on that – as he should."