This Jan. 27, 2014 file photo shows Georgia Republican Senate candidate, Rep. Jack Kingston, R-Ga., speaking in Atlanta. Candidates in the fiercely-contested Georgia GOP primary are claiming the pro-business mantle as they chase voters suspicious of government. Kingston is flying his U.S. Chamber of Commerce endorsement like a flag, claiming it’s proof of his loyalty to the private sector. Rep. Paul Broun says the backing proves Kingston would be a rubber stamp for the Washington establishment. Businessman David Perdue, meanwhile, has built his entire campaign on convincing voters to elect a former corporate CEO over several long-time politicians. And Karen Handel likes to tell voters of her time running one of the state’s larger chambers of commerce. In all, seven candidates are vying for the GOP nomination on Tuesday and the right to compete for the open seat against Democrat Michelle Nunn in November. (AP Photo/John Bazemore, File)
ATLANTA (AP) — Newt Gingrich is adding his support to Rep. Jack Kingston's campaign for Georgia's open Senate seat.
The former House speaker and Republican presidential candidate said Tuesday that Kingston is "a tireless reformer dedicated to advancing our conservative values."
Gingrich helped recruit Kingston to run for Congress. Kingston is vying with former Dollar General CEO David Perdue for the Republican nomination and has already picked up key endorsements from two former rivals, ex-Secretary of State Karen Handel and Rep. Phil Gingrey.
Kingston and Perdue will compete in a runoff July 22. The winner will face Democrat Michelle Nunn in November.
The race is among a dozen or so being watched nationally. Republicans can't afford to lose the Georgia seat as they look to take control of the Senate.
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