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Posted: March 22, 2012 10:55 a.m.

GA Republicans report threats from GOP rivals

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — Two local Republican Party leaders have told police they've been threatened by supporters of presidential candidate Ron Paul.

A police report says the GOP leaders received harassing and potentially threatening messages after a contentious meeting on March 10. They told police that rowdy Paul supporters attended the meeting, pushed video cameras into people's faces and videotaped the confrontations.

The Athens Banner-Herald reported (http://bit.ly/GOzEYg) that that the GOP party members gave police emails and Internet postings that included statements that the men should be shot, killed and have their houses burned down. A voicemail refers to militias, and a willingness to "die for their cause to take America back."

The GOP party leaders were not identified. The Banner-Herald described them as a 28-year-old man and a 66-year-old man.

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