Georgia voters are heading back to the polls to choose a Republican challenger for the Deep South's last white Democratic congressman. And Republican voters in north Georgia will be heading to the polls to cast their ballots in the race for the state's newest congressional seat.
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.
Georgia gained a 14th congressional district in last year’s redistricting, reflecting the state’s rapid population growth between 2000 and 2010. The top two contenders for the new northeast Georgia district are both from Gov. Nathan Deal’s hometown of Gainesville.
A conservative radio show host from Gainesville filed paperwork Wednesday with the Federal Election Commission to run for Georgia's new congressional seat. Martha Zoller said, through a spokesman Wednesday, she will remain on the air until next spring when she qualifies as a candidate with Georgia officials. Zoller hosts a daily talk radio show on WXKT-FM, owned by Cox Radio, and is syndicated across Georgia.