Broun wins 10th District

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In his second election in little more than a year, 10th District U.S. Congressman Paul Broun easily fended off state Rep. Barry Fleming during the Tuesday primary.

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Barry Fleming (center) and his wife, Paige, visit with the Rev. Philip Vestel during a reception at their home after Mr. Fleming lost.  Jim Blaylock/Staff
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Barry Fleming (center) and his wife, Paige, visit with the Rev. Philip Vestel during a reception at their home after Mr. Fleming lost.

During his grassroots campaign, Dr. Broun said he believed early on in the race he could win with big numbers.

In his home county, Mr. Fleming, R-Harlem, failed to edge out Dr. Broun, R-Watkinsville, who won 58 percent of the more than 13,000 Republican ballots cast. At last count, Mr. Fleming lost in each county of the 21-county district. Overall, Dr. Broun won nearly 43,000 to about 18,000 of the Republican vote in the 10th District, with most precincts reporting.

Mr. Fleming said he intends to take some time off from politics. He credited Dr. Broun for "tapping into a deep dissatisfaction in the Republican base."

"In votes that would have normally raised eyebrows, he said, 'Yeah, I voted no because Washington is so messed up somebody has to do something different,' " Mr. Fleming said. "People identified with that."

Dr. Broun agreed.

"I think I had the message for the times," he said. "We have to make some changes in Washington. We cannot continue to leverage our grandchildren's future."

In his previous run, Dr. Broun defeated Columbia County resident and former state Sen. Jim Whitehead in a July 2007 runoff election, decided by fewer than 400 votes, to replace the late Charlie Norwood.

Despite an area resident failing to replace him and Mr. Fleming being forced out as state majority whip in the House, Debbie McCord, the county's Republican Party chairwoman, doesn't see the county losing political clout.

"We still have Ben Harbin as the chair of House appropriations, and we still have (state Sen.) Bill Jackson," she said. "Though we won't have Barry Fleming, we will have a good person in Lee Anderson to replace him. I think we're doing OK."

Reach Donnie Fetter at (706) 868-1222, ext. 115, or donnie.fetter@augustachronicle.com.

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Alarmulus
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Alarmulus 07/16/08 - 04:28 am
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This is what happens when

This is what happens when local Republicans anoint a candidate to office. In reality this was Mr. Fleming's first real test in an opposed political contest. He never got off the ground. As is often said, "A word to the wise should be sufficient." Now, maybe our local Republican leadership will listen to the grass roots. Even the local core tried to explain this to no avail and now our area is once again without local representation.

Paul Broun is certainly an interesting fellow but Pat Boone calling for goodness sake ---

Ga Values
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Ga Values 07/16/08 - 05:46 am
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It's a great day for the GOP,

It's a great day for the GOP, too bad there aren't more like Broun. We need to term limit the RINOes & vote in real Conservatives.

shivas
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shivas 07/16/08 - 07:27 am
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We still have Ben Harbin,

We still have Ben Harbin, hiccup.

fd1962
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fd1962 07/16/08 - 07:58 am
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Another pie-in-the-face for
Unpublished

Another pie-in-the-face for the Chronicle. Well deserved.

DMac_357
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DMac_357 07/16/08 - 08:54 am
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I wonder why Whitehead isn't

I wonder why Whitehead isn't in the race at all? I don't see Broun making any changes in Washington except being lock-step in line with Republicans. If that's change, we're in trouble.

truthneedstobetold
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truthneedstobetold 07/16/08 - 11:49 am
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Hopefully Bobby Saxon will

Hopefully Bobby Saxon will expedite Broun's exit from Washington in November. I voted for Broun first time around,but
considering only his actions since being elected I couldn't possibly vote for him again. We need real action on pressing issues in Washington not someone with their on agenda.

truthneedstobetold
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truthneedstobetold 07/16/08 - 11:51 am
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I agree we do ned effective

I agree we do ned effective conservatives-Go Bobby Saxon.
A real man wit a real plan on real issues.

Iceman
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Iceman 07/16/08 - 01:38 pm
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Barry Fleming defeated

Barry Fleming defeated himself by never once talking about what he could do; choosing instead to go negative on Broun. Serves him right.

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Just My Opinion 07/16/08 - 04:20 pm
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citizensfortruth72, you are

citizensfortruth72, you are one bitter, bitter person! You obviously have something against Paul Broun because you have made it quite clear that you will vote for ANYONE who is running against the Broun. I have an idea...if you feel so strongly against the man, why don't you simply call him? I would bet you $100 that he WILL call you back and discuss issues with you until you understand each point. He has made himself available so many times on talk shows and public appearances that he has earned the reputation of being approachable and open. Now, I really doubt you'll call him because that'd be too easy and it'd throw a monkey wrench in any political plans you have for one of your own "good ole boys"!

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steve-o 07/16/08 - 08:59 pm
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Winner, Winner, Chicken

Winner, Winner, Chicken Dinner!

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