GOP’s 14th District primary is a ‘pro-Trump, pro-life, pro-gun’ contest

GOP’s 14th District primary is a ‘pro-Trump, pro-life, pro-gun’ contest

Republican candidates in Georgia’s 14th Congressional District face a crowded primary, and candidates hope to distinguish themselves from each other while still upholding conservative values they say many voters want. “I think people know by now, whoever they vote for out of our nine candidates, you’re going to get someone who supports the president, who supports the Second Amendment and doesn’t want to vote for these red-flag laws and they’re all going to say they’re pro-life,” Floyd County GOP Chairman Luke Martin said. The 14th District is about 86% white and is considered a Republican stronghold. It encompasses much of northwest Georgia, including the city of Rome and Gordon, Paulding and Polk counties. U.S. Rep Tom Graves, a Republican from Ranger, is the only congressman ever to serve in the 14th District after it was created following the 2010 census. He caught many political observers by surprise when he announced he would not seek re-election. A rush of candidates then qualified to fill his spot. High-profile contenders include construction executive Marjorie Taylor Greene, who boasts prominent endorsements and large sums of cash on hand; neurosurgeon John Cowan, who trails Greene only slightly in fundraising; and former Georgia School Superintendent John Barge. In November, Democrat Kevin Van Ausdal will face off against the winner of the June 9 GOP primary. Bruce Collier, a 71-year-old retiree from Dallas, says his priority is to elect someone who is“extremely to the right and conservative.” Graves, who won the district with 76.5% of the […]

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