Mon., June 4, 2012 3:54pm (EDT)

Republican Courts Democrats In Heated Rematch
By Jeanne Bonner
Updated: 2 years ago

ATLANTA  —  
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. Female lawmakers in the House protested the bill (in photo) by wrapping police tape around their bodies on the last night of the 2012 Georgia General Assembly session. (Photo: Jeanne Bonner)
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. Female lawmakers in the House protested the bill (in photo) by wrapping police tape around their bodies on the last night of the 2012 Georgia General Assembly session. (Photo: Jeanne Bonner)
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.