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A three-way debate is in the works for Georgia Senate race

We've got at least one three-way U.S. Senate debate in the offing. Libertarian Allen Buckley tells us he's received his invite to Georgia's traditional cage-match debate at the state fairgrounds in Perry on Oct. 11. So we've got at least one three-way debate in the offing.

But nothing is set in stone.

You’ll remember that Buckley has been calling for debates for months now. Earlier this month, Democrat Jim Barksdale has challenged Republican Sen. Johnny Isakson -- and only Isakson -- to six match-ups around the state focused on the economy.

The Barksdale campaign said Wednesday it had yet to hear a response from Isakson. But Isakson’s spokeswoman said the incumbent’s campaign manager Trey Kilpatrick called his Barksdale counterpart on Monday “to begin discussions.”

Barksdale campaign manager Dave Hoffman said he, too, is waiting to hear back.

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Greg Bluestein is a political reporter who covers the governor's office and state politics for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.