ATLANTA — Business was brisk Monday as candidates cued up to qualify for this year’s partisan elections.

Politicians were in line for Republican and Democratic primaries at 9 a.m. at the Capitol when the weeklong qualifying period officially began.

Gov. Nathan Deal and House Speaker David Ralston were the first through the door on the Republican side. On the Democratic side of the Capitol, congressmen David Scott and Hank Johnson were among the first.

Deal summed up what most incumbents listed as their reasons for seeking re-election. 

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