Early voting begins for Georgia primary

Open U.S. Senate, coastal district congressional race draw many candidates

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ATLANTA - Georgia voters can begin voting Monday in the state's primary.

All top statewide officials are up for re-election this year, and voters will be weighing who they would like to represent them in the U.S. Senate. Georgia's 14 congressmen are also running for re-election, and every seat in the Georgia General Assembly will be on the ballot.

Early voting runs through May 16. For places and hours, check with your local board of elections.

The U.S. Senate race is one of the most closely watched in the country as Republicans seek to take control of the chamber away from Democrats. Seven Republicans and four Democrats are running for the Georgia seat, which opened when Sen. Saxby Chambliss announced plans to retire.

The ballot also includes Democratic and Republican races to pick nominees for Chambliss's U.S. Senate seat, Georgia governor and other statewide offices. (Candidates in U.S. Senate race)

With veteran Southeast Georgia Congressman Jack Kingston among those running for the open Senate seat, voters in District 1 will choose from six Republicans and three Democrats in the race.  (Candidates running in District 1)

Another group of six Republicans are running in the primary to run for the 10th Congressional District seat being vacated by Paul Broun -- another Senate candidate. The winner faces Democrat Ken Dious in November.

Voters in some counties will face special questions. Democrats statewide will vote on four non-binding questions, on Georgia's minimum wage, Medicaid expansion, ethics reform and amending the state Constitution to make education the state's top budget primary.

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