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Columbus man, Rick Allen, to run for congress

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ALBANY, GA (AP) - A Columbus man has announced that he will challenge U.S. Rep. Sanford Bishop to represent the second congressional district in southwest Georgia.

The Albany Herald reports that Rick Allen will run against Bishop, who announced his re-election bid in November.

Allen was beaten in the 2010 Republican primary by Mike Keown, who eventually lost in the general election to Bishop.

Bishop, who serves on three subcommittees of the House Appropriations Committee, narrowly avoided being unseated during his last attempt at re-election when Keown came within 5,000 votes of winning the seat.

The 64-year-old Bishop served in the Georgia Legislature from 1977 to 1992 before being elected to Congress.

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