Spending, attacks ramp up in west Georgia congressional race

West Point Mayor Drew Ferguson (L) and GA state senator Mike Crane (R) are running for the 3rd Congressional District.
West Point Mayor Drew Ferguson (L) and GA state senator Mike Crane (R) are running for the 3rd Congressional District.

ATLANTA (AP) – A congressional primary in west Georgia is drawing big dollars and prominent endorsements in its final days.

Mike Crane, a state senator since 2011, and Drew Ferguson, a dentist and the former mayor of West Point, emerged from a crowded primary and immediately began defining each other as the wrong fit for the district.

The deep-red district has been in the GOP’s control since 2006, and retiring Rep. Lynn Westmoreland won more than 60 percent of the vote against Democratic candidates every year since. Outside groups have spent more than $1 million trying to sway GOP voters.

National tension over violence against police and intraparty disagreement over Texas Sen. Ted Cruz’s refusal to endorse Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump also have become flashpoints, including at a debate taped Friday.

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