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Running in Real Time: Georgia GOP Senate Primary Debate

Saturday night's event is the third of seven debates set up by the state GOP after incumbent U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss announced he would not seek re-election.

Credit: Patch
Credit: Patch

Brenau University in Gainesville will be the site of Saturday night’s debate of candidates vying for the Republican nomination to fill Georgia’s open U.S. Senate seat later this year.

The 6 p.m. debate is the third of seven set up by the state GOP after incumbent U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss announced he would not seek re-election.

Among the leading contenders are U.S. Reps. Paul Broun of Athens, Jack Kingston of Savannah, and Phil Gingrey of Marietta, along with former Secretary of State Karen Handel and former Dollar General CEO David Perdue.

Three months before the May 20 primary, a new poll shows Perdue with a sight lead in the crowded field of eight candidates.

Conducted by Hicks Evaluation Group and Apache Political Communications, the poll shows the top five candidates all at around 10 percent led by Perdue with a slim lead at 12.7 percent.

Kingston and Broun are tied at 10.9 percent, followed by Gingrey at 10.4 percent and Handel is at 10.2 percent. The remaining three candidates: Eugene Yu, Minister Derrick Grayson, and Art Gardner, each received less than one percent of the vote.

The poll, which has a 3.25 percentage point margin of error, surveyed 923 likely Georgia Republican primary voters.

Should no one emerge with a majority of the vote in the May 20 primary, the top two vote-getters will head for a July 22 runoff.

You can listen to tonight's debate online here and/or follow what people are saying on Twitter about it in real time here (or post-debate, too). And don’t forget to share your thoughts in the comment section below. 

truevoice4real February 26, 2014 at 11:17 AM
TMOT - "First, that's how I talk damn it."...You are running for the Senate not for a job at Walmart. If you sound ignorant most people will dismiss you as a loudmouth so please grow up a little. Also there is nothing wrong with working toward the middle , being an extreme right wing voice will not get anything done, case in point the stupid tea party members in congress. By the way , what's with all the whining about 2nd amendment rights. This is a stupid talking point that has nothing to do with reality. Tell you what , go to Walmart , buy some guns and go home and wait for the big bad government to come and take them away. Remember , don't leave the house until thet show up. Then you can whine about your 2nd amendment rights. Listening to the 3rd debate was scary at best. All I heard was Obama this and Obama that without any real solutions to solve our problems and by the way "TMOT" state run healthcare is still government healthcare. Why have one state with no pre-existing conditions and another state without it? That makes no sense. The ACA is not perfect but it is better than what we had so why do you want to go back? Also , why are you silent on the issue of voter suppression?
Harry Ball February 27, 2014 at 11:54 AM
The ACA is good? Are you a comedian?
truevoice4real February 27, 2014 at 01:49 PM
It's better then what we had and it's better than what the GOP has to offer...Why can't we improve the healthcare system honestly...
jMichael February 28, 2014 at 12:16 PM
Nicely said, TrueVoice...
truevoice4real March 01, 2014 at 06:29 PM
Thanks jMichael....and thanks for the info on Karen Handel

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