Big scramble seen in open Senate seat in Georgia

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Associated Press

Posted on April 22, 2013 at 3:04 PM

Updated Wednesday, Apr 24 at 5:03 AM

ATLANTA (AP) — A rare open Senate seat in Georgia promises a scrambled 2014 campaign that already has some Republicans quietly nervous.

It's a state that Democrat Barack Obama lost in both his presidential races. And it's a Senate seat that Republicans can't afford to surrender as they try to reclaim a Senate majority for the final two years of Obama's presidency.

The question is whether an expected bruising primary becomes a liability for the GOP.

GOP Sen. Saxby Chambliss is retiring. The only Republicans to say so far that they're running are two congressmen — Paul Brown and Phil Gingrey, both physicians and both conservatives.

But the Republican primary field eventually could include as many as a half-dozen candidates with a credible shot at a spot in a runoff.

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