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February 9, 2016

Tom Price Declines Georgia Senate Bid #GASEN


Price announced Friday that won't run for Senate. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Georgia Rep. Tom Price said Friday that he will not run for the state’s open Senate seat.

The five-term Republican becomes the second congressman this week to opt against the race, joining Democratic Rep. John Barrow.

Price would have been the fourth Republican congressman to launch a Senate bid. By declining, he leaves the door open for former Georgia Secretary of State Karen Handel to potentially join the current crop of GOP candidates: Reps. Paul Broun, Phil Gingrey and Jack Kingston.

“I’ve been remarkably encouraged and inspired by folks all across the district and the state to have us run for higher office, however, our assessment at this point is the House is the battleground for politics in this country right now,” Price said in an interview with the Marietta Daily Journal.

Democrats are still awaiting a candidate here, but are focusing their recruitment efforts on Michelle Nunn, the daughter of former Sen. Sam Nunn.

At this point in the cycle, the race for retiring GOP Sen. Saxby Chambliss’ seat presents Democrats with their best pick-up opportunity of the 2014 elections.

  • Jackson Euler

    Michelle Nunn? Who is she? What has she ever done except be born the daughter of one of the most homophobic Senators in US history? Come on, Democrats, you can do ALOT better than that! Even if they run and lose (ie: Atlanta Mayor Kaseem Reed) at least they are principled leaders willing to stand up and make the argument regardless of the outcome.

  • Ryan

    I Googled her and found some info. She apparently founded a large network of volunteer organizations called the HandsOn Network, and currently serves as the CEO of the largest of those organizations, Points of Light. She’s described by The Nonprofit Times as “the influencer” for volunteer groups that are gaining momentum.

    A very likable and inspiring bio. However, she’d likely be going in fresh or close to it in an electoral campaign. If the GOP, in their infinite wisdom, nominates Gingrey or Broun, she very well might make it a competition. Against a Karen Handel or even a Jack Kingston, though, she’s probably toast.

  • ID-2

    Not Nebraska? lol

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