Sen. Josh McKoon throws support behind Jack Kingston in runoff

State Sen. Josh McKoon of Columbus said in a news release on Tuesday he is now supporting Rep. Jack Kingston in the Republican runoff for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Saxby Chambliss.

Kingston will be facing businessman David Perdue in the July 22 runofff. McKoon was the co-chairman for former Secretary of State Karen Handel, who finished third in the May race.

"As one of the statewide co-chairs of the Karen Handel for U.S. Senate campaign, I wanted to nominate the most conservative candidate that could win the general election in November and keep Georgia in the Republican column as we look to take control of the U.S. Senate," McKoon said. "While Karen did not make the runoff, my goal remains the same--to send to Washington a U.S. Senator who will fight for conservative principles. Of the remaining two candidates the choice for me is a clear one."

Kingston has a record that he can run on, McKoon said.

"I believe we can count on Jack Kingston to hold fast to conservative principles because of that record," McKoon said. "Jack Kingston will fight against amnesty on immigration, he will vote to repeal Obamacare and he will seek to advance common sense tax reform to get our economy moving."

During the campaign, McKoon took issue with Perdue and his remarks about Handel's lack of a college degree.

"The other candidate in the runoff is largely a question mark on the issues," McKoon said of Perdue. "Having attended at least six U.S. Senate debates over the last year, I've seen him shift positions radically. I have no idea how he would vote on issues that matter to conservatives if elected."