Kasim Reed passes on US Senate race

5:23 PM, Feb 4, 2013   |    comments
Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed (Getty Images file)
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ATLANTA -- Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed says he won't be jumping into next year's race for the U.S. Senate in Georgia.

Reed is one of the few prominent Democrats being mentioned as a possible statewide candidate in Georgia, which trends Republican. GOP Sen. Saxby Chambliss said he will not seek a third term in 2014, sending candidates scrambling to get ready for the race.

"I'm just loving being mayor. I'm focused on being mayor," Reed said Monday on MSNBC. "I'm going to keep being mayor."

Reed mentioned two fellow Democrats who would be "terrific" candidates: Rep. John Barrow, a five term congressman who has long been a GOP target, and Peter Aman, Atlanta's former chief operating officer.

Most of the activity in Georgia for the Senate vacancy has come on the Republican side. GOP Rep. Paul Broun, a Tea Party favorite, is expected to announce his candidacy this week.

(USA Today)

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