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The New York Times > National > Georgians Line Up Candidates to Fill Miller's Seat

The New York Times > National > Georgians Line Up Candidates to Fill Miller's Seat: "July 21, 2004
Georgians Line Up Candidates to Fill Miller's Seat
By SHAILA K. DEWAN

ATLANTA, July 20 - Declaring that the Republicans are 'now the majority party in Georgia,' Representative Johnny Isakson won the party's nomination last night in the contest to fill the seat of Zell Miller, one of five Southern Democratic senators retiring this year.
In the Democratic primary, Denise L. Majette, who two years ago unseated Representative Cynthia A. McKinney, a five-term incumbent, was headed for a runoff after a race against seven opponents. She will face W. Cliff Oxford, a wealthy businessman with no political experience other than a failed run for Congress in 1996.
Democrats in the state had difficulty finding a top-tier candidate to field in the race, and none of those who entered the primary had significant statewide experience.
The Democratic winner will face a tough fight against Mr. Isakson, 59, whose campaign said last night that he still had close to $1 million in the bank, compared with the less than $300,000 that Ms. Majette has on hand. Mr. Oxford, has his own fortune, but has been saddled by past marital troubles, including a divorce file with accusations by an ex-wife that he physically abused her.
With 98 percent of the precincts reporting, Representative Majette had 40 percent of the vote to Mr. Oxford's 20 percent."

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