3. Can Kingston run up the score in the southeast again? Kingston won a whopping 75 percent of the vote in his congressional district in the primary and got strong turnout there. A runoff in the 1st District should help him, but early voting there was done compared with the weeks before the primary. And a pro-Perdue Super PAC was on air in Savannah with the aim of driving up Kingston's negatives – and keeping home Savannah residents who have rarely heard an attack on their congressman.
4. Will Perdue's outside-ATL focus work? An analysis of ad spending obtained by the AJC showed some striking numbers for the nine-week runoff: Kingston and his allies spent $3.02 million on TV ads, while Perdue and accompanying PACs spent $2.22 million. But the distribution is uneven.
Kingston & co. outspent Perdue & co. by nearly $1 million in the Atlanta market, but Perdue forces had a $90,000 edge in Macon, a $50,000 edge in Augusta, a nearly $30,000 lead in Savannah, a $10,000 lead in Albany and a $15,000 lead in Columbus. We’ll be interested to see if votes in those markets favor Perdue accordingly.
5. How late will we go? Yes there will be fewer votes to count, but Fulton and DeKalb counties tend to come in late, and Savannah's Chatham County could play an out-sized role thanks to Kingston's roots. This one could be a squeaker. Who needs sleep, anyways?