6 Ga. congressmen draw opponents for July primary

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By: ap Email

ATLANTA (AP) -- Six Georgia congressmen will have to defeat opponents from within their own parties this summer to keep their seats.

As candidate qualifying for the 2012 elections in Georgia ended Friday, four Republicans and two Democrats had challengers sign up to run for their U.S. House seats in the July 31 primaries.

GOP Reps. Lynn Westmoreland of Sharpsburg, Paul Broun of Athens, Phil Gingrey of Marietta and Rob Woodall of Lawrenceville all face primary opponents. So do Democratic Reps. John Lewis of Atlanta and Hank Johnson of Lithonia.

The challengers aren't well-known and haven't reported raising much money.

Only one Georgia congressman is poised for a free ride to re-election. Republican Rep. Austin Scott of Tifton, who was first elected two years ago, drew no opponents from either party.

AP-WF-05-25-12 1855GMT

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