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9th Congressional District GOP primary debate set for Saturday
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The Hall County GOP will host a Republican primary debate for U.S. 9th Congressional District candidates this Saturday in Gainesville.

Incumbent Rep. Doug Collins, R-Gainesville, will be in attendance to face challengers Paul Broun, Roger Fitzpatrick, Mike Scupin and Bernie Fontaine.

Broun is a former congressman who represented Georgia's 10th District from 2007-2015.

Fitzpatrick is a retired educator from Cleveland who serves on the White County Board of Education.

Scupin is a Gainesville resident who has worked in regional planning and engineering. He is the founder of Lanier Tea Party Patriots.

Fontaine, of Suches, is a former political science teacher and military veteran.

Fitzpatrick and Fontaine opposed Collins in previous primaries, and this is the first bid for the seat by Scupin.

Joe Shubert will moderate the debate.

The primary is May 24. The last day to register to vote is April 26.