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Rep. Paul Broun to run for Senate

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ATLANTA (CBS ATLANTA) -

The race to fill U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss' seat is on.

Rep. Paul Broun is the first candidate to put his name in the hat.  Braun has represented Georgia's 10th District in Washington since 2007, but he's probably most known for some controversial comments he's made along the way.

Broun said Georgia needs a solid leader and a strong voice in Washington.  He said he's done in the House and now he's ready to do it in the Senate.

He talked about a number of issues he wants to address but his top priority is clearly the budget.

"I will be the only candidate in this race whose first priority is to stop out of control spending in Washington, DC," said Broun.    

And he's pretty pumped and confident about doing it and he showed it while addressing dozens of supporters

"This is a race that we are going to win. Will you help me? Will you help me? Yes," said Broun.

But Broun isn't the only one excited he's joining the race.  Some Democrats love it.

Chris Huttman is a Democratic pollster who was happy to hear news Broun was running.  "A guy like Paul Broun represents the dream scenario for Democrats because he has said a lot of controversial things and he's definitely staked out a very conservative position, which is out of the main stream for a lot of voters in Georgia, regardless of party," said Huttman.

Those controversial comments include one he made last year about evolution. 

"All this stuff I was taught about evolution, embryology, Big Bang Theory, all that is lies straight from the pit of hell," said Broun in 2012.

Even if Broun doesn't survive the primary, some Democrats like Huttman said it's just good to have him in the mix because his controversial views change the debates.

"The Republican primary may be focused more on things like evolution, anti-science, who hates Obama the most and I think voters just aren't interested in hearing that anymore, so even if he doesn't win, it's good for Democrats," said Huttman.

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