Two Republican congressional candidates battling for runner-up status in Georgia's 12th District are too close to determine which one will advance to a runoff next month. Unofficial returns late Tuesday showed Augusta businessman Rick Allen ahead of attorney Wright McLeod by just 570 votes. The margin was thin enough to guarantee McLeod a recount if he requests one.
The two most hotly contested U.S. House campaigns Tuesday are in the new 9th District in north Georgia that covers Gov. Nathan Deal's former political turf and in eastern Georgia's 12th District to choose a Republican challenger for Democratic Rep. John Barrow.
Rick Allen says that he can tackle Washington's financial problems by using his past business experience. He came out swinging at a recent debate in Vidalia by attacking fellow Republican contender Wright McLeod's voting history. Listen to him discuss his ideas for Washington in this 15 minute interview with GPB's Orlando Montoya.
Four Republicans are vying to be the GOP challenger to Georgia Democrat John Barrow. The four-term Congressman is expected to face one of the toughest campaigns of his political career. Republicans recently redrew his district to make it less favorable to Democrats
A Georgia Republican Congressional candidate is defending his votes for and contributions to Democrats. Augusta retired Navy officer Wright McLeod is running in the GOP primary in Georgia's 12th Congressional District. McLeod says, he voted for Democrat Bill Richardson in the 2008 presidential race to stop Barack Obama or Hillary Clinton from gaining the nomination.
Republican candidates hoping to take advantage of a newly redrawn 12th Congressional District debated in Vidalia Monday night. Rick Allen, Lee Anderson, Wright McLeod and Maria Sheffield each said that he or she was the best conservative to take on the well-financed incumbent Democrat John Barrow. The four agreed on most issues. Two sparred.
Four Republicans running for a shot at ousting U.S. Rep. John Barrow are mostly in agreement on broad themes of slashing the national debt, shutting down a federal agency and vastly simplifying the tax code. They attended a debate Thursday hosted by the Effingham County tea party.
Georgia officials are working on a prescription drug database they expect will help with what the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention calls an epidemic of overdose deaths. By next January, state law requires the new database to be online so doctors and pharmacists can track patients' prescriptions and spot potential abuse.