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No runoff lets Republicans focus on Rep. Barrow

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By RUSS BYNUM
Associated Press

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) - Republicans are celebrating a big primary victory that allows them to focus on defeating Democratic U.S. Rep. John Barrow of Augusta in the fall.

Augusta construction company owner Rick W. Allen won a five-way GOP primary Tuesday with a commanding 54 percent of the vote. That let Allen avoid a bruising and expensive two-month runoff for the GOP nomination in eastern Georgia's 12th Congressional District.

U.S. Rep. Lynn Westmoreland of Georgia, deputy chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee, says Allen's impressive primary victory sends a message to Republican donors and voters that he's a strong candidate worthy of their support.

Allen's campaign declined an interview request. Barrow said he's confident his independent record will stand up to partisan attacks in the 12th District, which leans Republican.

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