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In Georgia's Senate race, signs of GOP unease about tea party clout

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Though Ms. Nunn has never been elected before – she’s a longtime executive of nonprofit groups, including at one point heading former President George H.W. Bush’s Points of Light Foundation – her candidacy has energized Democrats, many of whom believe she could win a matchup against arch-conservative Republican candidates such as US Reps. Paul Broun of Athens, Ga., or Phil Gingrey of Marietta, Ga., both of whom politicos say have extreme fiscal or social views that are likely to alienate general election voters.

Congressman Broun (pronounced “Brown”), a physician, has become known nationally for a YouTube video of a speech, filmed before a wall of stuffed animal trophies, in which he denounces the theory of evolution, calling it a lie “from the pit of hell.”

“God’s word is true,” said Mr. Broun in the video. “I’ve come to understand that. All that stuff I was taught about evolution, embryology, big bang theory – all that is lies straight from the pit of hell. It’s lies to try to keep me and all the folks who are taught that from understanding that they need a savior.”

Representative Gingrey skidded into a similar red zone for general election voters when he referred to Congressman Akin’s comments on rape as “partly right.”

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