GOP fight for coastal seat not strictly a race to the right | www.myajc.com

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Apr

GOP fight for coastal seat not strictly a race to the right | www.myajc.com

GARDEN CITY — As he dug into a plate of barbecue, state Sen. Buddy Carter ruminated on the influence of the tea party on his coastal race for Congress.

“This isn’t Cherokee County,” he concluded.

The 1st Congressional District, spanning from the Savannah area to the Florida border along the coast and out west almost to Valdosta, is a mostly Republican swath of territory. One of the six men competing in the May 20 GOP primary is almost certain to be the next congressman.

But the influence of Northern transplants, wealthy coastal residents and a massive military presence make for a GOP electorate that does not quite mirror the hard-right activists who often decide North Georgia races.

So the campaign to replace U.S. Rep. Jack Kingston — the Savannah Republican is running for the U.S. Senate — is not strictly a race to the right, as much as it is a fight to define what it takes to be an effective conservative in Washington.

Carter, who has been in public office here for two decades, is the clear front-runner. He owns three pharmacies in the area, and he has ascended from the Planning Board to the City Council to mayor of Pooler to the state House to the state Senate. He had the most campaign funds in the bank at the start of the year, was the first to air a television ad and was well ahead in a recent poll.

That makes for a big target.

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