02:05 - Source: CNN
Georgia stays red with Perdue, Deal wins
(CNN) —  

Republican David Perdue has won the race for Georgia’s U.S. Senate seat occupied by retiring GOP Sen. Saxby Chambliss, defeating Democratic challenger Michelle Nunn, according to a CNN projection.

He is expected to clear the 50 percent threshold needed to avoid a January runoff.

As a veteran of the private sector, Perdue put his business record at the forefront of his campaign. He highlighted that his experience as CEO of three major companies gave him the adequate skills to know how to decrease the federal debt and propose comprehensive tax reform.

Nunn frequently criticized his business background, turning the focus of the campaign to his record on outsourcing jobs. She also claimed Perdue discriminated against female managers during his time as CEO.

Like most Republican candidates this cycle, Perdue consistently framed Nunn as the “rubber stamp” of President Barack Obama.

During a debate in October, Nunn deflected a question about whether she voted for the president. She instead reminded voters that her name is on the ballot – though she later acknowledged voting for Obama.

Despite her defeat, the fact that Nunn managed to make the race appear competitive was a feat for Democrats, who haven’t won a Senate race in the state since 2002.