This was the third in a series of seven debates the Republic Party of Georgia scheduled around the state leading up to the election to fill the seat of retiring U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R-Ga.). The crowded Republican field includes three sitting members of the U.S. House of Representatives. The May primary will determine which of the candidates will compete in the November general election against the Democratic nominee.
Candidates include 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, Atlanta minister Derrick Grayson and Marietta patent attorney Art Gardner. Tim Bryant moderates.