Three Republican House members from Georgia, who are also running for the Senate, voted against their conference's budget Thursday. Jack Kingston, Phil Gingrey, and Paul Broun joined nine other Republicans in voting against the budget, authored by chairman Paul Ryan of Wisconsin.
This is the first year Kingston has voted against the House Republican budget since the party gained control in 2011. Broun voted for the 2011 Ryan budget but did not vote one way or another on a similar budget in 2012 and voted against the budget last year. Gingrey had supported the Ryan budgets in 2011 and 2012, but voted against it last year as well.
Despite the 12 Republican defections Thursday, the budget passed the House, 219 to 205.
Kingston, Gingrey, and Broun are all vying for the Senate seat being vacated by retiring Republican Saxby Chambliss. Joining the three congressmen in the GOP primary are businessman David Perdue and former secretary of state Karen Handel. The primary will be held on May 20.