2nd GOP official plans to join race for Chambliss seat
By The Associated Press
Published: Tuesday, March 26, 2013, 8:36 p.m.
ATLANTA — Rep. Phil Gingrey plans to announce he's running for the Senate on Wednesday, according to two officials close to the campaign.
Gingrey, R-Ga., will announce his decision at an event in Augusta, the officials said. The two requested anonymity because a formal announcement has yet to be made. A second event was planned in Atlanta.
With the announcement, the 70-year-old conservative would become the second Republican congressman to enter what is expected to be a fiercely contested campaign for the Senate in Georgia in 2014. Rep. Paul Brown, who represents a largely rural district between Atlanta and Augusta, was the first to enter the race.
Sen. Saxby Chambliss, a Republican, earlier announced that he would not seek a third term, citing frustration with partisan gridlock in Washington.
Chambliss' decision has set off a scramble among the state's top Republicans.
Gingrey, an OB-GYN who represents the northwest suburbs of Atlanta, was first elected to Congress in 2002. He would start his Senate campaign in a position of financial strength, with about $1.8 million sitting in his campaign account as of Dec. 31.
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