ATLANTA - 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.
As for the U.S. House seat Kingston is leaving to enter the Senate race, six Republicans and three Democrats qualified to run in District 1, which covers all of Georgia's coastal counties.
The Republican field includes Buddy Carter, Darwin Carter, Jeff Chapman, Bob Johnson, Earl Martin and John McCallum. Brian Reese, Mark Anthony Smith and Amy Tavio will compete in the Democratic primary.
The school superintendent's race proved the most crowded statewide contest. The open seat drew nine Republicans and six Democrats.
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