Ga. Senate candidate drops additional $1M into bid

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Updated: Thu, 08 May 2014 07:15:39 EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia Senate candidate David Perdue has put an additional $1 million of his own money into his campaign with less than two weeks before the May 20 Republican primary.

The former Dollar General CEO has been leading in polls. The race is being watched nationally as Republicans seek a majority in the Senate and can't afford to lose the open seat.

Perdue's boost can be credited to early TV ads paid in part by $1.1 million he put into his campaign last year. But the ad wars are heating up, with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce spending about $900,000 on ads helping Rep. Jack Kingston of Savannah.

Others in the GOP race include Reps. Paul Broun of Athens and Phil Gingrey of Marietta and former Secretary of State Karen Handel.

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