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Michelle Obama Endorses
Michelle Nunn For Senate at Atlanta Fundraiser

by Amanda Smith

Michelle Obama and Michelle Nunn

First Lady Michelle Obama made her campaign trail debut on Monday, September 8, 2014 in Atlanta, Georgia, first attending an event at Booker T. Washington High School to highlight her Reach Higher Initiative, and then attending a fundraiser and voter registration rally for Democratic Senate candidate Michelle Nunn.

As a result of the retirement of Sen. Saxby Chambliss, the 2014 Georgia Senate race has become a "who’s who" of Georgia political families pitting Nunn, a nonprofit CEO and daughter of former Georgia Sen. Sam Nunn, against Republican candidate David Perdue, a businessman and cousin of former Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue. Democrats correctly see the race as their best chance of picking up a Senate seat from the Republicans, increasing their chances of retaining control of the upper chamber.

"The stakes this year couldn’t be higher," said Obama in her rally speech. "If we don't show up in the polls this November, if we don't elect leaders in Congress and here in Georgia who put people first instead of fighting for special interests, we know exactly what will happen."

Nunn, who spoke ahead of the first lady at Monday's event, is the former CEO of the nonpartisan organization Points of Light, a charity that promotes volunteerism across the nation and whose title is derived from the "thousand points of light" theme that George H.W. Bush spoke about frequently. She is considered to be one of the best possibilities for securing a Democratic seat as Senator of the state of Georgia.

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