Dems Battle for Right to Face Barr
ATLANTA (AP) _ A millionaire businessman led two Democratic opponents in Tuesday’s primary race to determine who will challenge Republican Rep. Bob Barr in November.
With 192 of 221 precincts reporting, Roger Kahn led with 15,555 votes or 48 percent. Rematch-seeker Jim Williams had 9,911 votes or 31 percent. And ex-police officer Chip Warren had 6,992 votes or 22 percent.
Kahn needed more than 50 percent of the vote to avoid a runoff on Aug. 8 with the second-place finisher.
Democratic voters in Georgia’s conservative 7th District had to decide which candidate is the best man to beat Barr, whose loyalty to the gun lobby and scorn for President Clinton have made him the congressman Democrats love to hate.
Kahn’s personal fortune would guarantee a well-funded fight. Warren says the unions will unite behind him. And Williams says he deserves a rematch after his underfunded challenge two years ago.
Two of Barr’s GOP colleagues in the House easily defeated primary opponents.
In the 11th district, Rep. John Linder defeated Democrat-turned-Republican Vince Littman. Linder had 87 percent of the vote with 135 of 258 precincts reporting.
In the 3rd District, Rep. Mac Collins beat maintenance worker Herb Galloway. Collins had 90 percent of the vote with 119 of 238 precincts counted.