The primary runoff — for those races that weren’t settled in May’s general primary — is still a month away. Some of the candidates are starting to bare their teeth in their TV ads. And now the next wave of endorsements is starting to roll in.
State Sen. Buddy Carter, the leading vote-getter in last month’s 1st Congressional District Republican primary, just picked up an endorsement from former opponent John McCallum, who finished a close third behind Dr. Bob Johnson.
“America is at a crossroads and now, more than ever, we need a responsible conservative representing us in Washington, D.C. Today, I am pleased to announce my support of Buddy Carter for the United States Congress,” McCallum said in his endorsement. “As a local small business owner, he knows firsthand the financial and regulatory challenges that are preventing our nation and its people from operating at their full potential. In Congress, he will fight to lower taxes, reduce regulations, balance the budget and create an environment in which jobs can be created and businesses can thrive. After careful thought and consideration, I am confident that Buddy Carter is the steady hand and conservative leader that we need to get America working again.”
Carter also has picked up the backing of the National Rifle Association’s Political Victory Fund.
Johnson, meanwhile, now has the weight of the Tea Party Express behind him, which announced its endorsement of him last week.
Carter and Johnson are seeking to replace Jack Kingston, who is running for the Senate seat Saxby Chambliss is vacating. Kingston has earned the endorsement of BIPAC, the Business-Industry Political Action Committee, which said in its release “Congressman Kingston has been a pro-prosperity advocate in the House of Representatives and is a consensus choice of the Georgia business community as the best advocate to grow jobs and the economy in the U.S. Senate. “
Newt Gingrich and fellow U.S. Rep. and fair tax advocate Rob Woodall also have endorsed Kingston.
Early voting for the runoff begins June 30 and runs through July 18. There is no Saturday voting for the runoff.
Also, June 23-27 is the last window for an independent to qualify for November’s general election. Someone wishing to be a write-in candidate has until Sept. 2 to file and publish a notice of intention.