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GA GOP bus tour moves through south Ga.

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ALBANY, GA (WALB) –A group of Republican candidates rode the GOP "Jobs Bus" into Dougherty County today. They're making several stops in southwest Georgia in a final campaign push a week before election day.

U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson, Congressional candidate Mike Keown, and other republican candidates spoke to voters about their plans to create jobs in Georgia, and how they can use their position to do so.

It's an election some Republicans consider to be one of the most important elections years. "We are at risk of losing a great deal of influence in Atlanta so that representation is more important than its ever been," said Karen Kemp, State Rep. District 150 Candidate

So in their final push to win votes, the full Republican ticket is making their way to several Georgia cities. "We are going to take over an 18 year incumbent that no longer listens to the people of southwest Georgia and put someone in there that has only one agenda..that's to represent the people of southwest Georgia first," said Mike Keown, 2nd Congressional Candidate.

A host of republican candidates stepped off the GOP "Jobs Bus" today in Albany, where they focused on how they will work on creating and retaining badly needed jobs in the area. "Overwhelmingly people want to talk about jobs, not just job creation but job retention," said Kemp.

Candidates also spoke about the uncertainty small businesses face right now. "They remember the prosperous years prior to 2007 and they want to get back to that prosperity. We do that when we lessen the level of government and do more to empower the individual," said US. Senator Johnny Isakson.

"I'm gonna wake up everyday and think about the small business man because government regulation impacts small business," said Tim Echols, Public service commissioner candidate.

Candidates say it's important for Georgians to know what they represent. "I'm going back to work to keep taxes low keep and regulation low," said Isakson.

"I'm the only person in this race who is willing to fight Obama Care, I will be in that court in Pensacola fighting for Georgians," said Sam Olens,  Attorney General Candidate.

Each one of those candidates urged everyone to get out and vote. Early voting runs through Friday. In Albany you can go vote at the elections office or the candy room on Pine Avenue.

Tomorrow that bus tour will visit Waycross, Savannah and Statesboro.

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