Republicans come out swinging against Nunn, Carter at GOP unity event

Gov. Nathan Deal, who steered clear of picking favorites in the primary or the runoff, made sure to point out how happy he is he'll be sharing the top of the ticket with Perdue. Deal, of course, faces a stiff challenge himself from state Sen. Jason Carter.

Carter, who was born in Atlanta and grew up in Chicago, went to Duke University before graduating from the University of Georgia's law school. Nunn spent much of her childhood in the Washington area and graduated from University of Virginia and later got a master's degree from Harvard.

Deal then took aim at  the famous lineage of the top Democratic contenders. Carter is a grandson of former President Jimmy Carter and Nunn's father is former U.S. Sen. Sam Nunn.

Left unsaid was Perdue's famous lineage. His first cousin, the former Gov. Sonny Perdue, was his highest-profile supporter, and much of his campaign network came from his relative's base.

Perdue, for his part, stuck to the same line he gravitated toward after his victory last night: The race will be more about President Barack Obama than about Michelle Nunn.

Democrats are already seizing on the brutal attacks Perdue's GOP rivals targeted against him during the bruising primary and the nine-week runoff. Nunn's backers released this video this morning:

Perdue sought to brush the concerns aside.

Absent from the meeting was Rep. Jack Kingston, narrowly vanquished by Perdue on Tuesday, who was invited but did not attend.

Perdue said they had a "delightful" conversation and shared strategy of how to win in November.

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Greg Bluestein
Greg Bluestein
Greg Bluestein is a political reporter who covers the governor's office and state politics for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.