Republicans Struggle In Georgia’s Senate Primary

January 26, 2014 11:38 AM
Republicans Struggle In Georgia’s Senate Primary
" WATKINSVILLE, Ga. (AP) — Seeking promotion to the U.S. Senate, Republican Rep. Jack Kingston avoids a yes-or-no answer when asked if he considers himself a tea party candidate.

Instead, the 11-term congressman offers a lunch crowd at a northeast Georgia community center a plea for a unified GOP that can sell limited-government arguments to a wider audience. Kingston doesn’t mention any of his seven primary opponents. But the subtext is clear in a field that includes Kingston’s House colleagues Paul Broun and Phil Gingrey.

Broun, a physician, has called evolutionary theory “lies from the pit of Hell,” and he’s sponsoring a drawing to give one of his supporters a free AR-15 semi-automatic rifle. Gingrey, an obstetrician, has defended failed 2012 Missouri Senate candidate Todd Akin’s controversial comments on rape and abortion.

It’s a free-for-all that highlights the GOP’s internal struggle between arch-conservatives and the business establishment. Some Republicans worry that Democrats could score an upset victory in Georgia’s Senate race in November, as they did in Missouri and handful of other recent Senate and governor’s races, if moderate voters find the Republican nominee too extreme "

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