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Georgia Republicans endorse no one for Coverdell’s seat

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Rep. Bob Barr, an outspoken critic of President Clinton and a staunch gun rights advocate, was the only Georgia Republican known to be considering a run for the Senate seat vacated by the death of Republican Sen. Paul Coverdell. But his Georgia GOP colleagues endorsed nobody after meeting Wednesday for the fourth time in a week.

"This is our version of 'Survivor,' " said Rep. Nathan Deal, who confirmed he isn't a candidate. "We're trying to decide who to vote off the island."

The GOP meeting coincided with the arrival in Washington of Democrat Zell Miller, who will be sworn in Thursday as Georgia's junior senator. Gov. Roy Barnes appointed Miller to temporarily fill the Senate seat left by Coverdell, who died last week of a stroke.