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Gingrich backers turn out in force

ATLANTA — Several Geor­gia lawmakers, including the top state senator, are supporting Newt Gingrich’s presidential bid.

State Senate President Pro Tem Tommie Williams threw his support behind Gingrich on Tuesday, calling the former Georgia congressman “smart enough to get the job done.”

Gov. Nathan Deal, Ging­rich’s state chairman, was on hand at the Capitol news conference. Deal had written a letter to GOP legislators asking them to support Gingrich, whom he deemed the state’s favorite son.

Gingrich’s campaign said he now has the backing of 33 of the 236 members of the state Legislature.

State Sen. Barry Lou­der­milk, a Cartersville Re­pub­lican, was among the legislators who threw his support to the former House speaker Tuesday. He cited Gingrich’s track record on the economy and returning power to the states.

Five members of the state’s congressional delegation have lined up behind Gingrich: Austin Scott, Lynn Westmoreland, Tom Price, Jack Kingston and Phil Gingrey.

Final F-22 comes off assembly line

MARIETTA, GA. — The final F-22 Raptor fighter jet rolled off the assembly line at a Lockheed Martin plant in Marietta on Tuesday.

The jet is the last of about 190 F-22s produced for the Air Force, completing its operational fleet.

The F-22 Raptor is designed to carry a variety of weapons, including smart bombs and air-to-air missiles. The final Raptor will be delivered to the Air Force next year, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.

About 2,000 workers have assembled the jets at the Marietta plant.

In other news

BOB BARR HAS DECIDED not to seek a return trip to the U.S. House. The former four-term congressman had been weighing whether to challenge U.S. Rep. Tom Graves in a newly drawn congressional district in the northwest corner of the state.

– From wire reports


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