US parties tap candidates for crucial Senate races

May 21, 2014 9:49 AM

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WASHINGTON: Democrats nominated two women they hope will give them the rare opportunity to capture seats in the Republican-dominated South and potentially spare President Barack Obama from spending the final two years of his presidency dealing with a Congress fully controlled by the opposition.

Michelle Nunn, a non-profit CEO, won the primary Tuesday for the Senate seat long held by her father, Sam Nunn, and now occupied by retiring Republican Saxby Chambliss. Her opponent will be decided in a July 22 runoff between the top two finishers in a seven-candidate race.

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