North Georgia candidates bolt from blue

photo A motorist passes a political billboard along U.S. Highway 27 north of Rock Spring, Ga. Democrats in North Georgia, once a majority, are only a remnant in the July 31 primary elections.

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When Catoosa County Sheriff Phil Summers retires at the end of the year, he will have held the office 22 years and been elected every time as a Democrat.

But in this year's sheriff's race, the five candidates seeking to replace Summers all are running on a Republican ticket, which is a trend in local elections across North Georgia.

Republican Party officials say North Georgia is one of the most conservative districts in the country.