Phil Gingrey today joined fellow congressman Paul Broun in the race to represent Georgia in the U.S. Senate. No surprise there, nor will there be when Jack Kingston makes it a trio of House members trying to move to the other end of the Capitol.
But the field is highly unlikely to remain at three — and it’s anyone’s guess who will be the fourth person to enter the race.
Who do you want to join the 2014 Georgia Senate race next?
Total Voters: 167
Congressman Tom Price was once thought to be a lock to enter the race, but now I’d put the odds of his running at less than 50 percent. He won’t make an announcement until mid-May and is said to be truly undecided, but the thinking is that he would be risking a great deal of upward mobility in the House by running for Senate. If Paul Ryan moves up in the GOP House hierarchy — and assuming Republicans maintain control of the chamber after next year’s mid-term elections — Price is poised to be chairman of the Budget Committee. He’s also a fairly high-ranking member of Ways and Means as well as a couple of subcommittees related to health care (he is, remember, a doctor by trade).
Other possibilities include: former secretary of state and gubernatorial candidate Karen Handel; David Perdue, a business executive and cousin of ex-governor Sonny Perdue; a state legislator or two who will be more at liberty to make such an announcement after the legislative session ends Thursday; and possibly another self-funder who’s new to electoral politics a la David Perdue. I’ve also picked up a bit of renewed buzz surrounding the possibility Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle will decide to enter the race, though it sounds as if he’s still more likely than not to stay out of the race.
But rather than try to guess who will be next to announce, I’m asking today who y’all would like to see enter the race next. We’ll leave Kingston out since most observers already consider him in until proven otherwise. Vote in the nearby poll — and if you choose the generic “state legislator” or “someone else,” please specify in the comments who you have in mind.
Oh, and for those who will complain I haven’t mentioned any Democrats in this post: That’s because, until something changes, that side of the field seems to be waiting for Congressman John Barrow to make up his mind about running or not. Once Barrow decides, and particularly if he opts not to run, we’ll dig into the Democratic possibilities.
– By Kyle Wingfield