In a rare pitch for an individual Senate candidate, President Obama told Georgia voters Thursday that Democrats will hold the Senate if Michelle Nunn wins her campaign against Republican David Perdue.
“If Michelle Nunn wins, that means that Democrats keep control of the Senate,” Mr. Obama said in an interview on radio station V-103, which is geared toward a black audience. “And that means that we can keep on doing some good work. So it is critically important to make sure that folks vote.”
Most Democratic candidates in Republican-leaning states are avoiding a link to Mr. Obama in the midterm elections. A poll this week showed Ms. Nunn leading Mr. Perdue by 2 points, 46 percent to 44 percent.
“Michelle Nunn will win the Senate if there’s a high turnout among Democrats,” Mr. Obama said. “If there’s low or ordinary turnout, she won’t win… If folks in Georgia vote at the same rate in the midterms as they do in the presidential election, Michelle Nunn will win.”
The president said fewer than half of registered Georgia voters vote during the midterm elections.
“When you think about the tradition of Georgia, when you think about Dr. King and you think about John Lewis and you think about what the civil rights movement meant in Georgia, the notion that less than half of your people vote doesn’t make any sense whatsoever,” he said.
The Republican PAC America Rising quickly emailed a statement to make sure that voters knew about the president’s vocal support of the Democrat, hoping to turn the tables on her.
“This is more evidence of what anyone who was paying attention already knew — Michelle Nunn will be a reliable Obama vote and electing her would only help continue the status quo,” the group said.