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Posted: March 10, 2012 11:54 a.m.

Rep. Broun to debate challengers later

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) - U.S. Rep. Paul Broun says he will debate opponents challenging him in this summer's Republican primary, but they'll have to wait at least a couple of months.

Broun of Athens already faces at least one declared GOP challenger and spring debates are already being scheduled in his 10th District in northeast Georgia. But the congressman's spokeswoman, Jessica Hayes, says he doesn't intend to debate until all challengers have declared by the time candidate qualifying ends May 25.

The Athens Banner-Herald reports (http://bit.ly/yeSnre) that Stephen Simpson, a businessman and retired military officer from Milledgeville, is running for the seat and has challenged Broun to five debates. And GOP student groups at universities in Athens and Milledgeville are scheduling debates before the qualifying deadline.

Broun represents half of Newton County after the latest congressional redistricting.

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