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Court orders new dates for 2014 federal elections in Georgia

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July 12, 2013


By Joel Williams

Atlanta, Georgia: As part of a federal court's ruling on Georgia's runoff system, primaries for federal office in the state will be moved up six weeks from a traditional mid-July date to June 3. The ruling stems from a lawsuit against the state for not adhering to a federal minimum time limit on runoff elections to allow for Americans overseas to vote. While this ruling impacts both the Congressional and U.S. Senate elections, analysts point to the U.S. Senate seat of the retiring Saxby Chambliss (R) as the most likely to feel an effect. Five Republican candidates have declared for the seat, making a runoff likely. Aside from "substantially increase the cost of running," an elongated runoff campaign between two Republican candidates "could also create an opportunity for a Democratic candidate in that same race," according to Jim Galloway of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.[1]

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