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Pearce Auditorium at Brenau selected for GOP Senate debate
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The third debate among Republican canidates in Georgia for a U.S. Senate seat will be held in Gainesville at Brenau University’s Pearce Auditorium.

The debate will be held from 6-8 p.m. Feb. 22, Brenau announced Monday.

The Gainesville debate is the third of seven programs set up by the state GOP after incumbent U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss announced he would not seek re-election. Currently eight candidates — including three members of the Georgia delegation in the U.S. House of Representatives — have announced their candidacy. Winner of the Republican primary will face the Democratic nominee in the general election on Nov. 4.

Among the top GOP contenders are U.S. Reps. Paul Broun of Athens, Phil Gingrey of Marietta and Jack Kingston of Savannah, along with former Georgia Secretary of State Karen Handel and former Dollar General CEO David Perdue, cousin of former Gov. Sonny Perdue. The main contender for the Democratic nomination is Michelle Nunn, the daughter of former U.S. Sen. Sam Nunn.

Although the event in Gainesville is open to the public, seating in Pearce Auditorium is limited. Tickets guaranteeing a spot in the audience are available on a first-come, first-served basis through the state Republicn Party or the various candidates’ campaigns.