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Monday, May 20, 2013 - 8:00am

Several Republicans Weighing Barrow Challenge

Several east Georgia Republicans are weighing a possible challenge to Democratic U.S. Rep. John Barrow next year.

The Augusta congressman won a fifth-term last fall even after his 12th District seat was redrawn to give Republicans a daunting advantage. Now Barrow says he'll try to beat the odds twice and win re-election to the House next year rather than seek the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Republican Saxby Chambliss.

Barrow's seat had already drawn one definite GOP challenger, longtime Washington aide John Stone, who's seeking a comeback after a crushing defeat to Barrow in 2008.

Augusta businessman Rick W. Allen, attorney Wright McLeod of Augusta and state Sen. Tommie Williams of Lyons all say they're considering Republican primary races and should make up their minds by summer.