GOP Senate Candidates Meet for 1st Debate of 2014

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Updated: Sun, 19 Jan 2014 12:48:25 EST

ADEL, Ga. (AP) — Republicans running for Georgia's open U.S. Senate met for their first debate of the year, with the candidates largely agreeing on the need to rein in federal spending and repeal the federal health care law.

Saturday night's debate in south Georgia was the first of seven planned by the state party before the May 20 primary.

Seven of the eight Republicans in the race attended the debate, held before a crowd of several hundred people in a high school performing arts center.

Among those participating were U.S. Reps. Paul Broun of Athens and Jack Kingston of Savannah, former Secretary of State Karen Handel and former Dollar General CEO David Perdue. U.S. Rep. Phil Gingrey of Marietta didn't attend.

All are vying for the seat held by Republican U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss, who is retiring.

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