- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 16, 2014

JEFFERSON, Ga. (AP) - Georgia Republican Senate candidate David Perdue says he walked out of a meeting last fall with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce after realizing he wouldn’t receive the group’s endorsement.

During a campaign stop Wednesday, the former Dollar General CEO described for the first time a contentious meeting last fall with chamber representatives. The chamber has been a major supporter of rival Jack Kingston, spending $2.3 million to back the Republican congressman.

Perdue says the chamber felt it didn’t know how he would vote and knew Kingston had a record of voting with it. The chamber’s national political director, Rob Engstrom, says Perdue called to apologize after leaving abruptly. Engstrom said Kingston’s endorsement was based on member input and not a requirement for a candidate to fully support the chamber’s agenda.

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