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December 23, 2014

First Republican Goes Up on Air in Georgia House Primary

State Sen. Buddy Carter, one of more than a half-dozen Republicans running for Georgia’s open 1st District, will go up on television Tuesday with an ad touting his opposition to the Affordable Care Act.

“As a pharmacist practicing for over 30 years, I’ve seen a lot of changes in health care, and I still maintain we have the greatest health care system in the world,” Carter says in the 30-second spot. “But Obamacare’s a train wreck, and it has to go. In Congress, I’ll continue my pursuit to get rid of it.”

Carter is the first candidate on air in this district, based in Savannah, Ga.. The seat is open this cycle because Rep. Jack Kingston, R-Ga., is running for Senate.

The ad will air on cable through the district, and is backed by a small $25,000 buy, according to two sources with knowledge of media buys in Georgia.

While Carter is the first on air, candidates in Georgia House contests, including Carter himself, have struggled to raise money for their bids this cycle. As of Dec. 31, Carter had loaned his campaign $200,000, and reported $417,000 cash on hand.

Other Republicans in the race include businessman John McCallum, who raised $364,000, including a $100,000 loan, and recently reported $305,000 cash on hand; and U.S. Army veteran and surgeon Bob Johnson, who reported $211,000 cash on hand as of the end of 2013, and had loaned himself $70,000 over the course of this election cycle.

The primary is May 20. If no candidate gets at least 50 percent of the vote, a runoff will take place July 22.

Georgia’s 1st District is rated a Safe Republican contest by Rothenberg Political Report/Roll Call.

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