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Monday, June 4, 2012 - 11:54am

Republican Courts Democrats In Heated Rematch

One of the hottest races on the July 31st Republican Primary ballot is a re-match between Rep. Doug McKillip of Athens and attorney Regina Quick. McKillip’s controversial abortion bill is becoming a campaign flashpoint.

Quick last ran against McKillip in 2006 when he was a Democrat. She lost the race but won nearly a quarter of all votes cast.

McKillip won re-election as a Democrat in 2010, but then switched to the GOP while in office.

Quick says she’s the real Republican in the race. But she takes a different view than many in her party on McKillip’s bill banning most abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy.

Tom Crawford edits the online Georgia Report. He says Quick is walking a fine line as she reaches out to Democrats and Republicans.

“She seems to be taking a more libertarian position on abortion than Doug McKillip has," he said in an interview. "She’s made the point: ‘I believe in small government, I believe in less government intrusion in individual lives.’ That’s how she would differentiate herself.”

Georgia Democrats were unable to field a candidate to run against McKillip. Instead some are donating money to Quick’s campaign.