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Wednesday, August 1, 2012 - 3:46am

Westmoreland On Track For 5th Term

Republican U.S. Rep. Lynn Westmoreland cruised past two primary challengers in Georgia's 3rd Congressional District.

Westmoreland, a Grantville resident, is seeking his fifth term representing conservative east-central Georgia. The 62-year-old congressman faces no Democratic opposition in the Nov. 6 general election.

Unofficial returns on Tuesday showed Westmoreland with 72 percent of the vote with 55 percent of precincts reporting. Republican challengers Chip Flanegan, a Jonesboro businessman, had 15 percent, and Kent Kingsley, a business owner from Milner, had 13 percent.

Westmoreland was an early member of the Tea Party Caucus in Congress.

The 3rd District reaches from the southeast Atlanta suburbs to the Alabama line, including Newnan, Peachtree City, Carrollton, LaGrange and Thomaston.