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The Latest: Candidate’s ‘deportation bus’ breaks down

May 17, 2018

A Georgia gubernatorial candidate touring the state in a "deportation bus" is greeted with protests by immigrants and other residents in Clarkston, Ga., Wednesday, May 16, 2018. State Sen. Michael Williams, who trails in public polling, has received condemnation for the move just days before voters make their choice in the May 22 primary elections. (AP Photo/Benjamin Nadler)

CLARKSTON, Ga. (AP) — The Latest on Georgia’s race for governor and one candidate’s “deportation bus.” (all times local):

1:15 p.m.

A spokesman for a candidate in Georgia’s race for governor says the politician’s “deportation bus” broke down during its tour to promote a tough stance on immigration.

GOP candidate Michael Williams says the bus will visit what he calls Georgia’s “dangerous sanctuary cities.” The former state co-chair for Donald Trump’s presidential campaign says he wants to send people living in the country illegally “home.”

The candidate’s spokesman Seth Weathers says that water somehow entered the fuel tank, stopping the bus Thursday morning on the side of Interstate 75 in north Georgia.

Weathers said the bus has been repaired and is continuing its tour.

Tuesday’s upcoming five-candidate GOP primary appears headed for a runoff, though Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle is seen as the front-runner.

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11:15 p.m.

Georgia’s Republican primary for governor is shaping up as a contest over who’s toughest on illegal immigration, with campaigns featuring a “deportation bus” and tough talk about “criminal illegal aliens.”

GOP candidate Michael Williams says his bus will visit what he calls Georgia’s “dangerous sanctuary cities.” The former state co-chair for Donald Trump’s presidential campaign says he wants to send people living in the country illegally “home.”

Protesters who saw the bus’s appearance Wednesday in Clarkston, a city near Atlanta that has welcomed immigrants and refugees, say Williams is using scare tactics to demonize immigrants.

Tuesday’s upcoming five-candidate GOP primary appears headed for a runoff though Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle is seen as the front-runner.

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