Crowded 3rd District primary leaves candidates scrambling for political ground

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Peachtree City businessman Jim Pace. FILE PHOTO

Peachtree City businessman Jim Pace, one of seven candidates running for the GOP nomination in the 3rd Congressional District primary, meets with officials at a local pizzeria in May 2016. Tamar Hallerman/AJC

How do you define yourself as a primary candidate when you have six competitors all looking to stake out similar political ground?

That’s the challenge facing the seven GOP candidates vying to replace U.S. Rep. Lynn Westmoreland in the 3rd Congressional District ahead of Tuesday’s primary.

The race has had its share of tangled and unfocused moments given the size of the field. The bevy of candidates running also virtually guarantees the race will go to a runoff on July 26.

So who has the momentum? We break it all down here.

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