Democrat Pandy bids to upset GOP’s Clyde in 9th District

Democrat Pandy bids to upset GOP’s Clyde in 9th District

ATLANTA (AP) — There may be no better embodiment of the uphill underdog struggle in many of Georgia’s congressional districts than the 9th District contest pitting Democrat Devin Pandy against Republican Andrew Clyde in the state’s northeast corner. The district is intensely Republican, with Pandy trying to get members of the GOP to consider his candidacy. But money is among the obstacles. Clyde’s campaign committee has spent more than $1.7 million this cycle, with more than $1.4 million in loans from Clyde himself, who owns an Athens gun dealership and lives in Jackson County. Pandy has raised $67,000. “We have yet another millionaire businessman, attempting to buy elections by dropping several hundred thousand dollars on his own campaign, a millionaire who has made millions from the same government agencies he’s now telling you he’s against,” Pandy, a Commerce resident, said during an Atlanta Press Club debate this month. Clyde is sailing on, barely acknowledging Pandy’s attacks after emerging from a competitive Republican primary field seeking to replace Republican Doug Collins after the current incumbent decided to run for U.S. Senate. The district covers all or part of 17 counties from Athens and Gainesville north to the state line. Both men are military veterans, with Clyde having served in the Navy, while Pandy served in the Army. Clyde has made his support of gun rights and his tangle with the IRS after the agency seized $940,000 from him in 2013 the centerpieces of his campaign. Clyde successfully got most of […]

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