In debate, Ga. Sen. candidates take aim at records

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Updated: Sun, 11 May 2014 01:15:43 EST

COLUMBUS, Ga. (AP) — Republicans running for Georgia's open U.S. Senate seat are taking aim at each other's records and experiences, with little over a week to go before the primary.

The seven candidates met Saturday at a debate in Columbus. The race is among a dozen being watched nationally, as Republicans need just six seats to claim a majority in the Senate and can't afford to lose the Georgia seat.

Former Secretary of State Karen Handel and former Dollar General CEO David Perdue repeatedly criticized the three congressmen in the race — Reps. Paul Broun of Athens, Phil Gingrey of Marietta and Jack Kingston of Savannah — as having had their chance to fix the nation's problems.

The congressmen pushed back, arguing they've been fighting Washington the whole time they've been in office.

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