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POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: Hannity endorses Kingston in Senate race

The battle for the GOP nomination for U.S. Senate this year is beginning to turn into a battle of conservative icons.

Last week, Congressman Jack Kingston announced an endorsement from talk show host Sean Hannity. The news came a week after former Secretary of State Karen Handel got the backing of former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin.

Hannity took took to the airwaves to talk about his choice in the seven-person primary contest, describing Kingston as a “bright, solid, incredible conservative” on his nationally syndicated radio show.

“I have known Jack Kingston for 20 years,” Hannity said in a statement. “He’s a solid Ronald Reagan Republican and my choice in the Georgia Senate race. Jack will join the conservative coalition in the U.S. Senate.”

The Savannah man, one of three congressmen in the race, said he is honored to have Hannity on his team.

“He’s been a voice for conservative values and a real fighter for our cause,” Kingston said of the talk show host.

Upcoming events

Just a reminder that voters can learn about the GOP candidates for state school superintendent today.

The Gwinnett Republican Party is sponsoring a candidate forum for the crowded race, and nearly all of the candidates have confirmed they will attend. As of press time, those included: Mary Kay Bacallao, Ashley Bell, Mike Buck, Sharyl Dawes, Allen Fort, Nancy Jester, Fitz Johnson and Kira Willis.

“We are looking forward to hearing from all the candidates for state school superintendent and their solutions for the issues facing our state’s education system and students,” said party Chairwoman Rachel Little, who added that a straw poll will be conducted following the forum, which is set for 7 to 9 p.m. at the Gwinnett Justice and Administration Center.

Next week, Democrats will have a turn.

The county party will host its own event from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at the old Lawrenceville city hall.

While prominent U.S. Senate candidate Michelle Nunn has declined the invitation to the event, Branko Radulovacki and Todd Robinson, other contenders in that race, plan to be there.

The two Democrats contending for insurance commissioner said they would attend, along with four of the party’s school superintendent candidates, a secretary of state hopeful and some local state House and Senate candidates.

Political Notebook appears in the Thursday and Sunday editions of the Gwinnett Daily Post.

Camie Young can be reached via email at camie.young@gwinnettdailypost.com.

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