From the estimable Mr. Jim Galloway at the AJC’s Political Insider:
“Roy Barnes will announce today that he intends to become the first former Georgia governor in a half-century to reclaim the office after being turned out by voters.
The announcement is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. in Marietta. Barnes, we’re told, will delay the actual start of his campaign until July, in order to wrap up some trial work and finish up as chairman of the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards.
Barnes, 61, enters a field already occupied by three Democrats — Attorney General Thurbert Baker, House Minority Leader DuBose Porter, and David Poythress, former commander of the Georgia National Guard.
Six Republicans are in the contest.
Despite a huge financial advantage, Barnes was defeated in 2002 by Sonny Perdue, an upstart Republican state senator from middle Georgia. Both chambers of the Legislature quickly shifted to GOP hands, removing Democrats from control of the state Capitol for the first time since …
We’ll see how this shakes out, but barring the unexpected, Barnes is probably unbeatable in the primary, forcing at least some of his fellow Democrats to reconsider this race. And he has a decent shot to win in the general as well. He’d still be the underdog, but an underdog with a fighting chance.