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Smith Retracts Statement
Wednesday, 21 July 2010

July 21--  Republican congressional candidate Carl Smith is taking back some remarks he made on election night regarding his opponent Ray McKinney.

In the Republican primary for the 12th congressional seat, McKinney won nearly 43 percent of the vote while Smith garnered almost 28 percent.  The two will be in a runoff August 10 to determine who will face Democrat incumbent Congressman John Barrow in the general election.

In a post-election interview Tuesday night, Smith said he would not support McKinney if he is the Republican who ends up facing Barrow in November.

Wednesday morning, he retracted his statement.  "Last night we were upset because of some of the negative campaign and because of some of the personal attacks by the McKinney campaign, and I just wanted to make sure that people know that I misspoke and fired off from the cuff," Smith said.

Asked if he had changed his position, Smith said, "I think myself and Mr. McKinney are going to have to sit down and talk about a few things.  We'll see what happens in three weeks and then we'll sit down afterwards and go from there."

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