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Friday, May 10, 2013

U.S. Rep. Tom Price decides against Senate bid

The House is where the battle is
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  • 'The House is where the battle is'
After months of speculation, U.S. Rep. Tom Price, R-Alpharetta, has said that he won't enter the fray for Georgia's highly-contested 2014 Senate race.

The Congressman joins Rep. John Barrow, D-Augusta, as the second rumored candidate this week to bow out of the crowded fight for Sen. Saxby Chambliss' Senate seat. Despite a growing war chest, Price says he will continue to focus on his current position.

"The financial support and encouragement that we've gotten around the state has been incredibly humbling, and I think we would have been able to wage a very competitive and successful race, but our assessment right now is that the House is where the battle is, and that's where we'll be offering for reelection in 2014," Price told the Marietta Daily-Journal'.

At the moment, U.S. Reps. Phil Gingrey (Marietta), Paul Broun (Athens), and Jack Kingston (Savannah) are the only Republican candidates officially in the running. But some political observers think that Price's decision may open the door for Karen Handel to declare her long-rumored candidacy. The former Georgia secretary of state and gubernatorial candidate said today that she'll make a decision in the near future.

"I am honored that so many people from across Georgia continue to urge me to run for US Senate, and I will let everyone know my decision in the very near future," said Handel in a statement.

What will the rumor mill churn up next? Will Handel jump in? Will Georgia Democrats back Michelle Nunn, State. Rep. Scott Holcomb, or someone else? We shall see.

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