Georgia Republican convicted of January 6 riot walks out during televised first congressional debate |  National
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Georgia Republican convicted of January 6 riot walks out during televised first congressional debate | National

ATLANTA (AP) — A Georgia congressional candidate convicted of illegally demonstrating at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021, walked out of a televised debate with a fellow Republican. Chuck Hand told reporters he missed Sunday’s debate because he believed his opponents were unfairly attacking his wife. Hand and Wayne Johnson are vying for the Republican Party’s nomination in southwest Georgia’s 2nd Congressional District in a June 18 runoff. Johnson says he thinks Hand’s departure shows Johnson is the better choice for voters. The winner will face the incumbent 16-term Democrat Rep. Sanford Bishop. Early in-person voting begins the Monday before Election Day on June 18.

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