What we learned from Saturday’s GOP Senate forum | Political Insider | www.ajc.com

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What we learned from Saturday’s GOP Senate forum | Political Insider | www.ajc.com

LAKE BURTON, Ga. _ The Republican candidates for the US Senate participated in the first candidate forum up at Lake Burton on Saturday. Well, most of them, anyways. Reps. Jack Kingston and Paul Broun and former Secretary of State Karen Handel trucked up to northeast Georgia for the event, speaking to about 250 GOP activists. Rep. Phil Gingrey and businessman David Perdue were no-shows.

Here’s a few things we learned about each candidate from the debate, hosted by a group called Citizens Helping America Restore Government Ethics.

Paul Broun: In a crowded race, Broun is establishing himself as the bruiser. He strode the stage with no small amount of confidence – by the time he finishes his next book, he said, he’ll be a U.S. senator – as he sought to immediately distinguish himself.

Karen Handel is an outsider, and she wants to make sure you know it. The former Georgia Secretary of State, who was a few thousand votes from becoming governor, declared “Washington is a mess” time and again during the hour long event.

Jack Kingston doesn’t want to be hemmed in by geography. Kingston, who represents a coastal district centered on Savannah, knows his biggest challenge is tapping the vote-rich metro Atlanta market where Broun, Handel and Gingrey enjoy high name recognition.

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