- Associated Press - Wednesday, February 5, 2014

GLENNVILLE, Ga. (AP) - A state lawmaker from rural southeast Georgia has joined the Republican primary race to choose a nominee to challenge Democratic U.S. Rep. John Barrow this fall.

State Rep. Delvis Dutton, a Glennville Republican, on Wednesday announced his campaign for eastern Georgia’s 12th Congressional District, which covers 19 counties and includes Augusta, Statesboro, Dublin and Vidalia.

Dutton is a bit of a latecomer to the race, considering primary elections will be held May 20. Two Republican candidates from Augusta - construction company owner Rick W. Allen and former congressional aide John Stone - have been raising money and campaigning since last summer.

Dutton, who owns a business that drills water wells for landowners, was elected to the Legislature in 2010. His statehouse district includes Tattnall, Evans and Wayne counties.

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