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Tuesday May 5th, 2015 7:20AM

Candidate fields set for GA May primary elections

By The Associated Press
ATLANTA (AP) -- The list of Georgia candidates running for state and federal offices in the May 20 primaries has been set.

Candidate qualifying for the 2014 elections ended at noon Friday. Candidates had been signing up since Monday.

As expected, Gov. Nathan Deal drew two Republican primary opponents - state School Superintendent John Barge and Dalton Mayor David Pennington. State Sen. Jason Carter is the only Democrat running for governor.

The race to replace retiring U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss drew seven Republicans, including three GOP congressmen, and four Democrats. Plenty of Republicans also lined up to seek the open U.S. House seats being vacated by Reps. Paul Broun, Phil Gingrey and Jack Kingston.

The state school superintendent's race proved the most crowded. The open seat drew nine Republicans and six Democrats. One of the Republicans is Ashley Bell of Gaineville.

Two other Gainesville area men are running for a seat on the state Public Service Commission: Craig Lutz of Flowery Branch and incumbent Lauren "Bubba" McDonald of Clarkesville. They are running for the same PSC post.

(AccessNorthGa.com's Ken Stanford contributed to this story.)
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