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Austin Scott apparently has a free ride to a second term in Congress.

No Republicans or Democrats qualified to challenge the Republican from Ashburn in the Eighth Congressional District. Qualifying for Georgia's congressional races ended at noon Friday.

That means, barring a successful write-in or independent candidate, Scott will be sworn in for another term in January.

Fellow congressmen John Barrow, Sanford Bishop and Paul Broun weren't so lucky. All three face re-election challenges.

The election lineups:

2nd Congressional District
Sanford Bishop, D-Columbus, the incumbent, is seeking a 11th term.

He has three Republican challengers:

John House, Midland, consultant and part-time university instructor;
Ken DeLoach, Macon, a teacher and minister;
Rick Allen, Columbus, president of a medical supply company.
The winner of the July 31 Republican primary faces Bishop in November.

The new district includes Crawford, Macon, Peach, Dooly and Taylor counties and most of Bibb County.

10th Congressional District
Broun, R-Athens, is seeking a third full term.

Steven Simpson, a retired military officer living in Milledgeville, qualified Wednesday to run against Broun in the July 31 Republican primary. The winner faces no Democratic opposition in November.

The district now includes Baldwin, Hancock, Washington and Johnson counties.

12th Congressional District
Barrow, D-Augusta, is seeking a fifth term.

His four Republican challengers:

--Rick Allen, an Augusta contractor;
--Lee Anderson, a farmer and businessman from Grovetown;
--Wright McLeod, an Augusta attorney;
--Maria Sheffield, an attorney based in Dublin.
The winner of the July 31 Republican primary faces Barrow in November.

The new 12th Congressional District includes Laurens, Wheeler, Telfair and Treutlen counties.


Scott's 8th Congressional District includes Monroe, Jones, Wilkinson, Twiggs, Houston, Bleckley, Pulaski, Dodge and Wilcox counties and a northern portion of Bibb County.

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