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Deal picks up backing of fellow Congressmen
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Nathan Deal, candidate for governor, has picked up the endorsement of five Republican members of the Georgia Congressional delegation.

 U.S. Reps. Phil Gingrey, Tom Price, Lynn Westmoreland, John Linder and Paul Broun have given their support for Deal’s bid for the Republican nomination for governor in 2010.

“Nathan has been an outstanding member of Congress and he is going to be a great governor for Georgia,” said Gingrey, who is chairman of the group of Republican House lawmakers from Georgia, known as the “G-7.”

Other announced Republican candidates are state insurance commissioner John Oxendine, Secretary of State Karen Handel, state Sen. Eric Johnson, state Rep. Austin Scott and Ray McBerry.

Deal served as president pro tempore of the state Senate before being elected to Congress.