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ATLANTA (AP) - The Georgia Republican Party is set to host seven debates across the state for candidates vying for Georgia's open U.S. Senate seat.

Party officials on Monday announced the scheduled debates, which will be held Jan. 18 in Adel, Feb. 1 in Kennesaw, Feb. 22 in Gainesville, March 8 in Macon, March 29 in Savannah, April 19 in Augusta and May 10 in Columbus.

Among the top GOP contenders are U.S. Reps. Paul Broun of Athens, Phil Gingrey of Marietta and Jack Kingston of Savannah, along with former Secretary of State Karen Handel and former Dollar General CEO David Perdue, cousin of former Gov. Sonny Perdue.

Republican Sen. Saxby Chambliss is retiring at the end of the year.

Democrat Michelle Nunn, daughter of former Sen. Sam Nunn, is also running.

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