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GA Democrats re-elect party chairman after 2014 losses

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By KATHLEEN FOODY
Associated Press

MACON, Ga. (AP) - Georgia Democrats will keep former House minority leader DuBose Porter as their party chairman.

About 300 party members gathered Saturday in Macon for the party's state committee meeting.

Porter defeated one challenger, Rockdale County Tax Commissioner R.J. Hadley. Porter was first elected in a 2013 special election after the party's former chair stepped down amid personal issues and criticism of weak fundraising.

Porter was criticized by some in the party following losses by Michelle Nunn and Jason Carter in their campaigns for U.S. Senate and governor.

Porter said the result was disappointing but credited Democrats' slate of candidates for getting national attention. He says the state party has recovered from being a "laughingstock" and promised to make Georgia a focus in the 2016 presidential campaign.

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