On Tuesday, the GOP finally figured out who will be its Senate candidate in Georgia and face Democratic candidate Michelle Nunn in the general election. Businessman David Perdue narrowly defeated Rep. Jack Kingston (R-GA) in a primary runoff. The GOP primary at one time featured five legitimate candidates, three of which were sitting Congressmen. Therefore, besides the GOP primary runoff for Senate, there were additional Congressional districts in Georgia that also had runoff elections to determine the Republican nominees and who will likely replace the Congressmen that threw their hats in the Senate race.
In Georgia’s 10th District, which is currently represented by Paul Broun, pastor Jody Hice defeated Mike Collins by a somewhat comfortable margin, 54% – 46%. It is all but certain that Hice will win the general election in November against Democratic candidate Ken Dious. Broun ran unopposed in 2012 and defeated the Democratic candidate in 2010 by 35 points. Even with the incumbent not running for re-election, Roll Call has labeled this district as ‘Safe Republican.’ The demographics of the district, located in northeastern Georgia, overwhelmingly favor the GOP. Mitt Romney easily carried the district in 2012
Even with the likelihood that this House seat will remain in Republican hands, at least one could take solace in the fact that Broun will know longer be in Washington. Broun, of course, is the Congressman that called the Big Bang Theory and evolution “lies straight from the pit of Hell.” He’s also insinuated that President Obama wasn’t born in the United States and stated that Obama would arm militias to enforce his dictatorship. Therefore, it is at least a good thing that Broun’s Senate run was unsuccessful and he can’t keep his House seat. However, that is until you realize that Hice is just as nuts as Broun, if not potentially worse.
Hice has made known his views about Islam and homosexuality. The conservative pastor wrote a book in 2012 where he claimed that since Islam is a geo-political structure, American Muslims are not protected by the First Amendment. He also went the Rick Perry route by comparing homosexuality to alcoholism while showing his support for the discredited practice of gay conversion therapy. Regarding homosexuality, he said the following on a radio show:
“We are enslaving and entrapping potentially hundreds of thousands of individuals in a lifestyle that they really are not – and it’s all for the sake of political correctness.”
Congratulations, Georgia’s 10th District, for keeping the crazy alive and well in Congress.
Justin Baragona is the Managing Editor at Politicus Sports as well as Senior Editor at PoliticusUSA. He was a political writer for 411Mania.com before joining PoliticusUSA. Politically, Justin considers himself a liberal but also a realist and pragmatist. Currently, Justin lives in St. Louis, MO and is married. Besides writing, he also runs his own business after spending a number of years in the corporate world. You can follow Justin on Twitter either with his personal handle (@justinbaragona) or the Sports site’s (@PoliticusSports).