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Georgia: House Leaders to Host Broun Fundraiser in D.C.

Rep. Paul Broun (R), who as of March 31 was badly losing the money battle to his primary opponent state Rep. Barry Fleming (R), is getting help on the fundraising front from House Republican leaders.

Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) is hosting a $500-a-head fundraiser for the Congressman on July 8 at the Capitol Hill Club.

Broun has also recently received $13,500 in campaign donations from the leadership political action committees of Chief Deputy Minority Whip Eric Cantor (Va.) and National Republican Congressional Committee Chairman Tom Cole (Okla.).

Broun won his 10th district seat in a special election last year and according to Federal Election Commission reports ended the first quarter of 2008 with close to $200,000 in campaign debt. He reported $116,000 in cash on hand to Fleming’s $596,000.

Democrats Trail Senator by Wide Margin in Poll

A Strategic Vision poll released Wednesday showed Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R) handily defeating all of the five Democrats who are vying for the opportunity to face him in the general election.

The survey of 800 likely voters, which was conducted May 9-11, gave Chambliss anywhere from a 19- to 23-point lead over the five men who hope to challenge him in the fall.

DeKalb County CEO Vernon Jones (D) fared the best against Chambliss in the poll, earning 29 percent to Chambliss’ 58 percent. That poll, which had a 3-point margin of error, showed 13 percent undecided.

The poll showed former state Rep. Jim Martin (D) losing to Chambliss 57 percent to 27 percent. Former TV reporter Dale Cardwell (D) also polled at 27 percent. Scientist Rand Knight (D) took 25 percent to Chambliss’ 58 percent and businessman Josh Lanier earned 24 percent to the Senator’s 57 percent.

The poll also showed that the Senator’s approval rating at 54 percent with 32 percent disapproval. In a subsample of 328 Democratic voters, with a 5-point error margin, Jones was polling best in the primary race at 28 percent. Cardwell earned 20 percent, Martin took 15 percent, Knight had 11 percent and Lanier polled at 5 percent.

— John McArdle

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