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Abortion: Potential Divider In GA Senate Race

Abortion could be a dividing issue among Republicans in the 2014 Georgia Senate race.

The declared candidates all describe themselves as conservative abortion opponents. Two of them are congressmen who recently voted in favor of a bill to outlaw nearly all abortions beyond the 20th week after conception. Another candidate, who is a former secretary of state, said she would have voted yes.

But Rep. Paul Broun voted against the ban because, he said, it didn't go far enough. That put him alongside abortion-rights defenders like former Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. But it also drew praise from a leading anti-abortion group in Georgia.

The divide highlights potential friction as some national Republicans worry that a nominee who is too conservative could make the race competitive in this GOP-leaning state.