Club for Growth Endorses in Two Georgia Runoffs
Posted at 12:37 p.m. on May 22
The Club for Growth endorsed two House candidates facing primary runoffs in Georgia Thursday, two days after the Peach State primaries.
The club endorsed former state Sen. Barry Loudermilk in Georgia’s 11th District and surgeon Bob Johnson in Georgia’s 1st District.
Loudermilk, who has the support of a number of different tea party organizations, faces former Rep. Bob Barr in the July 22 GOP primary runoff to replace Republican Rep. Phil Gingrey, who lost a GOP Senate primary in Georgia. Johnson faces state Sen. Buddy Carter in a runoff in the race to replace GOP Rep. Jack Kingston, who advanced to a runoff of his own in the Republican Senate primary.
The club’s financial might could help push Loudermilk and Johnson over the finish line in July in these contests, which have thus far been marked by low fundraising.
The club notably did not endorse in the 10th District contest, which also kicked to a runoff on Tuesday. In that race, trucking company owner Mike Collins will face Baptist Pastor Jody Hice in the race to replace GOP Rep. Paul Broun. Broun, too, lost in the GOP Senate primary in Georgia on Tuesday.
Both the 1st and 10th District races are Safe Republican contests. Romney carried each by at least a 13-point margin in 2012.