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U.S. Senate candidates will campaign hard

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Republican candidates for the U.S. Senate seat in Georgia face a runoff in July, while the Democrat in the race has her sights set on November.

Michelle Nunn won an easy victory Tuesday night in the Democratic primary. She joined Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed and greeted voters at a local diner Wednesday morning.

"I think that when I look at the Republican primary, it's really about the race of the extremes, and I think it represents the acrimony and the inflexibility of what people are tired of already in Washington," said Nunn. "I know we don't need more of the same of that."

While Nunn campaigns for the general election, her two GOP opponents will meet in a runoff election in July.

Businessman David Perdue was the front-runner in the primary and will face Rep. Jack Kingston, a longtime Congressman.

Political experts said the runoff will be long, nasty and expensive.

"I don't think it's going to be ugly at all," said Kingston. "We are going to be discussing issues. We are going to be talking about jobs. We're going to be talking about strong national defense."

In the days leading up to the primary, the campaign heated up with both Republicans taking swings at each other. Perdue said he will bring a fresh perspective to the Senate, while Kingston is a Washington insider who will tow the line.

"Republican primary voters want a true, tested conservative," responded Kingston. "We have, on the other hand, Mr. Perdue who's never voted in a Republican primary."

CBS46 News contacted Perdue's campaign for an interview on Wednesday but calls and e-mails were not immediately returned.

The runoff election will be held July 22.

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