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Three Georgia congressmen defeat challengers

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(AP) - Three Georgia congressmen have defeated challengers in Republican primaries.
    
GOP Reps. Austin Scott of Tifton, Rick Allen of Augusta and Tom Graves of Ranger each won contested primary races Tuesday.
    
Two other Republican House members - Reps. Doug Collins of Gainesville and Barry Loudermilk of Cassville - were leading GOP fields of four challengers apiece.
    
With no Democrat running for his seat, Graves' primary victory essentially guarantees he will return to Washington next year.
    
Scott will face Democrat James Neal Harris of Gray in the November general election. Two Democrats - Joyce Nolin of Evans and Tricia Carpenter McCracken of Augusta - were running to challenge Allen.
    
Johnny Isakson will compete for a third term in the U.S. Senate.
    
The Georgia Republican won Tuesday's primary over two long-shot challengers.
    
Isakson worked in real estate and served in the state legislature and U.S. House before being elected to the Senate, where he chairs two committees. Now 71, Isakson announced in June that he had been diagnosed with Parkinson's disease but said it wouldn't stop him from running or serving again.
    
Three unknown Democrats are vying to face Isakson, who has built a war chest of nearly $6 million to minimize primary Republican challengers and prepare for November. Isakson easily defeated Democratic challengers in his first two Senate bids, winning 58 percent of the vote in 2010.
    

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