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Ga. Senate race pits longtime ally against gay-friendly newcomer

State Senate contendees Graham Balch and Vincent Fort

In the Democratic primary for state Senate District 39, one of the strongest LGBT allies in the Georgia General Assembly faces a challenger who is also drawing gay support.

The district, currently represented by Sen. Vincent Fort, stretches from East Point to Buckhead, includes much of Midtown, and is home to one of the largest concentrations of gay voters in the city.