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ATLANTA (AP) — A Cordele businessman has been sworn into the state Senate representing a south Georgia district.

Carden Summers, a Republican, took the oath of office on Monday to represent District 13. It includes all of Crisp, Dodge, Dooly, Lee, Tift, Turner and Worth counties and parts of Sumter and Wilcox counties.

Summers, a real estate agent, farmer and onetime Crisp County commissioner, beat former mayor of Leesburg Jim Quinn by fewer than 500 votes of 12,000 in a March 3 special election runoff. Summers earlier lost a 2002 state Senate race.

Summers is seeking a full two-year term beginning next year. He faces a Republican primary opponent on May 19 and would face a Democrat in November if he wins his primary.

The seat was vacated after Republican Greg Kirk died in December.

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