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State qualifying is over

April 28, 2006

Atlanta -- Here is how statewide races in Georgia will look.

Democrats Cathy Cox of Bainbridge and Mark Taylor of Albany have a third challenger in their primary, 78 year old Mac Marley of Stockbridge.

Governor Sonny Perdue has a challenger in the Republican primary, 38-year- old Ray McBerry of Norcross.

Seven people are running for Lieutenant Governor, five Democrats and two Republicans. Ten people are running for Secretary of State, including former legislator Walter Ray of Douglas.

In the Georgia Senate, Democratic Valdosta Senator Tim Golden will face a challenge in November. Former Lowndes County Commission Chairman Norman Bennett is running as a Republican.

There are two primary races for a state house seat in Americus. Representative Mike Cheokas is being challenged by former Americus mayor Bill McGowan in the Democratic primary.

Republicans Gerald Smith and Ginger Starlin will compete for the Republican nomination. The winners of those two primaries face off in November.

Defeated lawmaker Lawrence Roberts of Albany is making a run for his old house seat. He's challenging the woman who beat him, Freddie Powell Sims. They are both Democrats.

State Representative Richard Royal of Camilla, who for the first time qualified to run as a Republican, will have a Democratic challenger in November. He is 26-year old Corey Wimberly, also of Camilla.


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