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Georgia Runoff Results for House Races: Ex-Congressman Bob Barr Loses Comeback Bid

Jody Hice defeated Mike Collins, above, for the GOP nod in a Georgia House race. (Douglas Graham/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Updated 9:52 p.m. |  Former state Sen. Barry Loudermilk thwarted former Rep. Bobb Barr's comeback, capturing a decisive win in Tuesday's GOP runoff.  

Loudermilk defeated Barr 70 percent to 30 percent, with 41 percent of precincts reporting, according to The Associated Press.  

Georgia Runoff: Republicans Pick Senate and House Nominees Tuesday

Kingston is running for Senate in Georgia. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Georgia Republicans will pick their nominee for Senate in a runoff  Tuesday, ending Democratic nominee  Michelle Nunn's nine-week wait for an opponent in the open-seat contest.  

The Senate contest has reverberated around the Peach State, creating three open-seat House races with GOP runoffs that will also be decided Tuesday.  

Megachurches Prove Mega-Influential in GOP Primaries

Collins, left, is a Georgia Republican and former senior pastor at his church. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The influence of religious conservatives might be waning nationwide, but the movement only stands to grow in Congress.  

Already this year, three candidates with close ties to massive churches won decisive Republican primaries. A fourth — Pastor Jody Hice — could win a Tuesday GOP primary runoff in Georgia and come to Congress in November.  

Paul Broun Endorses Candidate in Georgia

Jody Hice was endorsed by Paul Broun. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Rep. Paul Broun, the Georgia Republican who lost a Senate primary  in May, endorsed pastor Jody Hice in the July 22 runoff to replace him.  

Broun had stayed out of the GOP primary in the 10th District until now, saying he did not want to anoint a successor. But in a Monday radio interview in Georgia, Broun said recent events pushed him to support Hice over businessman Mike Collins in the July 22 runoff .  

Rick Santorum Endorses in Georgia Race

Rick Santorum is a Republican from Pennsylvania. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Former Sen. Rick Santorum, R-Pa., endorsed businessman Mike Collins in Georgia's 10th District GOP runoff Monday, calling him a "rock-solid conservative who will be guided by the U.S. Constitution in Congress."  

"Mike has laid out a bold plan of conservative policies that will push back overbearing federal regulations, revitalize the entrepreneurial spirit and provide more opportunities for blue collar Americans," Santorum added in the release. "We need more conservative businessmen like Mike Collins in Congress."  

Club for Growth Endorses in Two Georgia Runoffs

The Club for Growth endorsed two House candidates facing primary runoffs in Georgia Thursday, two days after the Peach State primaries .  

The club endorsed former state Sen. Barry Loudermilk in Georgia's 11th District and surgeon Bob Johnson in Georgia's 1st District.  

Georgia Primary Results: Rick Allen Wins Primary to Face Barrow (Updated)

Rick Allen won the primary and will face Rep. John Barrow, D-Ga. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Updated 12:19 a.m. |  Construction company owner Rick Allen avoided a GOP primary runoff in Georgia's 12th District and now moves on to face Democratic Rep. John Barrow in November.  

Allen defeated his next closest primary opponent, businessman Eugene Yu, 54 percent to 16 percent, with 93 percent of precincts reporting, according to The Associated Press.  

Ex-Congressman's Son Touts Trucking Business in TV Spot

Collins is running for Congress in Georgia. (Douglas Graham/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Trucking company owner Mike Collins, one of seven Republicans looking to succeed Rep. Paul Broun, R-Ga., debuted Wednesday a biographical spot to introduce himself to voters less than one month from the primary.  

According to a copy of the ad shared first with CQ Roll Call, Collins touts his business experience in the open-seat race in Georgia's 10th District. The ad also features his father, former Rep. Mac Collins, a Republican who served from 1993 to 2005; he appears at the end of the spot wearing a black cowboy hat and his member pin.  

Republican Hopeful Explains Van Damme Truck Trick (Video)

The candidate: Mike Collins, a Republican The member: Rep. Paul Broun, R-Ga., is running for Senate, leaving his seat open in 2014. The 10th District: Broun has held this strong GOP district since 2007, soundly winning re-election each cycle since then. GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney carried the district with 62 percent. The candidate’s team: Brandon Phillips at Wiregrass Strategy Group (general consultant) and Bob Kish at Third Wave Communications (media).

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Republican Imitates Van Damme Truck Trick in New Ad

Talk about a wedge issue. Trucking company owner Mike Collins, one of six Republicans vying for Georgia's open 10th District, has gone where no other House candidate has gone before by attempting to perform Jean-Claude Van Damme's epic split between two Volvo trucks.

In a Web-only spot released Wednesday, Collins tries the stunt between two semi-trailer trucks to highlight the dangers of Obamacare.