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Georgia political heavyweights visit Columbus before primary

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COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - The Georgia primary is less than a week away and Columbus is becoming a popular stop for candidates.

Georgia voters will cast ballots in a number of big races, but none bigger than the battle to see who remains in the running for Governor.

That race is heating up in Columbus, as well as around the state.

Already this week, we've seen democratic candidate DuBose Porter in town.

It's literally a race against time.

There are 13 candidates from the two major parties, democratic and republican, running for Georgia Governor.

State Senator Eric Johnson, a republican candidate, was the latest to visit Columbus.

As the summer heats up, so does the political rhetoric toward opponents.

"It's about who can govern this state as a conservative. Cut taxes. I'm the only candidate in the top tier that's cut taxes and balanced budget. I'm the only candidate in the top tier that's run a business for the last 25 years, Johnson.

Johnson touts nearly 20 years of experience as a state legislator, rising to the position of Senate Pro Tem and Chairman of the Senate Ethics Committee.

His most notable and vocal position, immigration reform.

"They don't require Georgians to pay for Alabama kids, but they do require us to pay for kids illegally, from another country and to take care of them in our hospitals," Johnson said.

"I want to sue the federal government if they don't want to block our borders and as Governor, I'm going to make them compensate the taxpayers of Georgia," Johnson said.

The scene, political candidates shaking hands and meeting a possible constituency, is one Columbus voters will likely see more of in the coming days before Tuesday's primary, according to Theresa Garcia, Chairwoman of the Muscogee County Young Republicans.

"It's been great that folks have come to Columbus, they've shown that they care. They've shown that Columbus won't be forgotten with this next administration...and I think that people in Columbus and I know my young republicans are grateful for that," Garcia said.

Fellow GOP Gubernatorial candidate Karen Handel is slated to visit Columbus Thursday, as part of her bus tour of Georgia.

The Georgia primary is next Tuesday, July 20th.

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