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Baseball fan, you will appreciate this.  MLB All-Star Hank Aaron is going to bat for Michelle Nunn's (D. GA) U.S. Senate campaign:
In baseball, every hit matters. The big ones, the little ones -- they all add up to a chance for your team to win.

Today, my friend Michelle Nunn needs us to work together to lead off the first day of the general election -- with what could be the biggest fundraising day of her campaign.

Democratic senatorial candidate Michelle Nunn, the former CEO of Points of Light from Atlanta, participates in a debate at the Georgia Public Broadcasting studio, Sunday, May 11, 2014, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Tulis)
Can I count on you to contribute $7.55 during this critical 24-hour effort for Michelle?

The 755 home runs I hit in my time mean a lot to me, but there's another record that I'm proud to hold, the all-time record for Runs Batted In (RBIs).

You see, games aren't won or lost on the efforts of one person, they rest on the shoulders of team. And every RBI is a result of teammates working together to achieve one common goal -- victory.

If each one of us steps up to the plate and contributes during this 24-hour fundraising effort called a "money bomb," I know we can bring home the single biggest fundraising day of Michelle's campaign.

Now that's an RBI, I'd like to add to my records. Will you help me do it?

Please contribute $7.55 to the Georgia On My Mind "money bomb" before this 24-hour fundraising effort comes to a close.

I've had the chance to get to know Michelle Nunn. Her commitment to service, to helping Georgians empower themselves, and to making our state a better place has truly impressed me.

I'm excited to be a part of the team that's working to elect Michelle Nunn to the U.S. Senate.

Let's bring this one home for Michelle,

Hank Aaron
Home Run King

Nunn will need a head start now that she's going up against David Perdue (R. GA) and the long runoff hasn't been helpful for the GOP:

David Perdue waves to supporters after declaring victory in the Republican primary runoff for nomination to the U.S. Senate from Georgia, at his election-night party in Atlanta, Tuesday, July 22, 2014. Perdue defeated Rep. Jack Kingston. (AP Photo)
Yesterday’s runoff primaries in Georgia offered some unexpected drama, with David Perdue narrowly upsetting favored Senate opponent Rep. Jack Kingston (R-GA). But the big picture is that the two “Establishment” candidates in this long contest wound up fighting to the finish in a competition characterized by heavy spending aimed at tarring each other as unacceptably moderate. No matter who won or lost, it would be a “true conservative” representing this state’s very conservative GOP “base” in the general election.

The transformation of the candidates began during the primary when Kingston used heavy support from the Chamber of Commerce and other K Street backers to depict himself as the most conservative candidate in the race, and attack Perdue for allegedly favoring the Chamber’s big priority of implementing the Common Core education standards (which Kingston called “Obamacare for Education”).

Perdue, whose cousin, former Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue (R), was heavily involved in promoting Common Core, forswore the whole idea, of course. Both candidates accused each other of being squishy on fiscal issues, with both winding up pretty much in Ted Cruz’s “never vote for a debt limit increase” camp. A Perdue gaffe in which he forgot to rule out tax increases forever and ever in a media interview gave Kingston and reminted hard-core conservative Karen Handel considerable traction. And when Kingston secured post-primary endorsements from third-place finisher Handel and fourth-place finisher Phil Gingrey, he seemed to have the upper hand in the “most conservative” competition, and led handily in early runoff polls.

With both candidates continuing to attack each other as secret RINOs (Kingston being heavily financed by the Chamber, and Perdue by his own wallet), the race got nasty and tendentious, and public interest waned. The last major blow was a Perdue ad attacking Kingston for being a front-man for the Chamber’s support for immigration “amnesty,” a clever appropriation of the latest “base” enthusiasm.

In the end, with turnout barely reaching double-digits, down about 20 percent from the primary, geography appeared to have decided the contest. Perdue augmented his primary advantage in metro Atlanta and middle Georgia just enough to exceed Kingston’s base in his coastal congressional district, with Kingston’s Atlanta endorsers Handel and Gingrey not delivering enough votes to make up the difference. It’s hard to say in the end whether the winner or loser represented either “wing” of a state party where there are never enemies to the Right. It is clear, however, that the big loser was the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, which lost its integrity along with more than 3 million dollars. - TPM, 7/23/14

But Georgia Republicans are banking on GOP voters to get behind Perdue:

Immediate challenges for Perdue will be to quickly raise money and rally support among the GOP establishment, which had largely backed Kingston. For his part, Kingston pledged to work to get Perdue elected.

While Perdue and Kingston had spent more than $11 million combined on the race, Nunn was able to focus on fundraising and stockpiling her cash for the fall campaign. Nunn was expected to hit the road Wednesday, launching a four-day campaign tour.

During the primary, Perdue faced numerous attacks on his long career in the corporate world as former CEO of Reebok, Dollar General and the failed textile firm Pillowtex. Despite having the same last name, he's not related to the poultry producer Perdue Farms.

Perdue said he was prepared to defend his record.

"Now you've got two outsiders talking about Washington, and now you get down to the issues," Perdue said. "Let's talk about debt, the economy and jobs and who brings more value to that debate. Someone who has been running a philanthropy for 15 years or whatever, or someone who has been out here, not to go bragging, competing in the real world?" - Huffington Post, 7/23/14

Watch for both candidates to run on their records as outsiders:

UNITED STATES - APRIL 19: David Perdue participates in the Republican candidates for Georgia's open U.S. Senate seat debate at the Columbia County Exhibition Center in Grovetown, Ga., outside of Augusta, on Saturday, April 19, 2014.  (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)
Bruised off of an expensive nine-week GOP runoff, Perdue now must take his outsider credentials and go head-to-head with Nunn, who has spent the long Republican primary fundraising and defining herself as an independent thinker in Georgia, a state where citizens have elected Republicans leaders over and over again. In the second quarter, Nunn raised more than $3.45 million– more than Perdue and Kingston combined– and a sum she’ll need as the race heats up and conservative support and outside money coalesces around Perdue. The former CEO of Dollar General also has a trove of personal wealth to draw upon.

The upcoming contest between the two political outsiders will provide an interesting test case for how two candidates can run against one another when neither is part of the unpopular Congress in Washington. Nunn, whose father Sam Nunn was a beloved politician in the state who served in the Senate for more than 20 years, is expected to tout her family name as well as her bipartisan experience leading the nonprofit Points of Light, which was founded by Republican former President George H.W. Bush.

Meanwhile Perdue also has a family legacy in Georgia and has billed himself as a pragmatic executive who is willing to shirk pressure in Washington and contain federal spending even when it requires tough choices. Perdue focused his primary campaign on growing the economy rather than talking about issues like abortion that have hurt Southern Republicans before.

In the race, Nunn is expected to contrast her experience leading a nonprofit in the state with Perdue’s business acumen as a wealthy executive of Dollar General and Reebok. - U.S. News, 7/23/14

But Democrats know how they can attack Perdue:

Other Democrats already have started painting Perdue as a Mitt Romney-style aloof chief executive who made millions while trampling on the little guy via layoffs and outsourcing. The attacks rely in part on mud slung by other Republicans in a nasty, lengthy primary battle. Nunn, for now, is not going to be the messenger for such things.

Perdue signaled in his acceptance speech Tuesday night that he would tie Nunn to President Barack Obama, whose approval numbers in Georgia are dismal, and other national Democrats. She sought to shirk that label Wednesday morning:

“I’ve demonstrated that I’m an independent voice for Georgia, that I am going to actually focus on getting things done. I believe we have good ideas on both sides of the aisle. I don’t think enough people in Washington recognize that.”

Nunn plans to make 10 stops around the state over the next four days from Gainesville to Valdosta. - Atlanta Journal-Constitution, 7/23/14

We can win this race but we have to stay ahead in the game.  So click here to contribute to Nunn's campaign:

Originally posted to pdc on Wed Jul 23, 2014 at 09:24 AM PDT.

Also republished by Kos Georgia and The Democratic Wing of the Democratic Party.

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