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Handel, Scott to speak at Newton GOP

The Associated Press. Republican gubernatorial candidate Karen Handel speaks with a voter in Roswell. Handel will appear in Covington on Monday.

The Associated Press. Republican gubernatorial candidate Karen Handel speaks with a voter in Roswell. Handel will appear in Covington on Monday.

CONYERS -- Gubernatorial candidate Karen Handel and Congressional candidate Austin Scott will be featured speakers Monday at the Newton County Republican Party meeting.

Handel and Scott will speak during the Republican Party's monthly meeting to be held at 7 p.m. Monday inside the historic Newton County Courthouse, located in downtown Covington. Admission is free and the public is invited.

Newton County GOP Chairwoman Bronwyn Jennings said the local party was fortunate to have Handel and Scott attend the meeting. Handel last spoke to the Newton GOP in January and Deal spoke to them in June.

"It is quite a coup for us, and I'm real excited about having Karen come here to speak to us," Jennings said.

Handel is facing former Congressman Nathan Deal in the Aug. 10 runoff election after finishing as the top vote-getter in Tuesday's Republican Primary Election, according to unofficial election results.

Handel, the former secretary of state, received 231,791 votes, or 34 percent of the total, while Deal followed with 155,855, or 23 percent, in a seven-person primary race.

Locally, Handel carried both Newton and Rockdale counties among Republicans. Handel and Deal finished at the top of the race in Newton County, 2,284 votes for Handel to 1,667 votes for Deal.

Handel also finished first in Rockdale County with 2,518 votes, followed by Eric Johnson who received 1,390 votes with Deal finishing in third place with 1,227 votes.

The winner in the runoff will face Democratic candidate and former Georgia governor Roy Barnes and Libertarian Party candidate John Monds in the Nov. 2 General Election.

Scott won his primary race outright with 52 percent of the vote against two other candidates. A state representative from Tifton, Scott will face Democratic incumbent Congressman Jim Marshall in the General Election.

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