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September 23, 2014

Nunn to Announce Senate Candidacy Tuesday #GASEN

Democrats will finally and officially have their candidate in the party’s top pickup opportunity on Tuesday, when Michelle Nunn announces her campaign for Senate in Georgia.

Nunn, the daughter of Democratic former Sen. Sam Nunn, will enter the race for the open seat that her father once held, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported Monday night.

“Part of what I bring to the table, and what Georgians are eager for, is coming together,” Nunn said in an interview with the newspaper. “They’re tired of the partisanship, tired of what feels like political infighting versus actually trying to accomplish things.”

Her entrance to the race has been expected for some time. It comes one week after Nunn appeared at the White House for a ceremony celebrating the Points of Light Foundation, which she led as CEO. The volunteer organization was founded by President George H.W. Bush.

Several Republicans are already vying for the seat of retiring GOP Sen. Saxby Chambliss. They include Reps. Paul Broun, Phil Gingrey and Jack Kingston, along with former Georgia Secretary of State Karen Handel and David Perdue, a wealthy businessman and cousin of former Gov. Sonny Perdue.

Democratic Rep. John Barrow passed on the race, preferring to run for re-election in a challenging and redrawn congressional district in the 2014 midterm elections. Still, Democrats remain optimistic they can register enough voters in the fast-growing Atlanta suburbs to give Nunn a chance in this Republican-leaning state.

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