Gingrey announces US Senate run

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  • Georgia Congressman Phil Gingrey (R-11th District)
  • Georgia Congressman Paul Broun (R-10th District)
  • Former Georgia Secretary of State Karen Handel
  • Georgia Congressman Jack Kingston (R-1st District)

ATLANTA, GA -- U.S. Rep. Phil Gingrey is the latest to run for the U.S. Senate.

Gingrey announced his bid during a Wednesday morning event in Augusta and later on the Georgia Tech campus in Atlanta.

The Cobb County physician is the second Republican congressman from Georgia to enter what's expected to be a fierce campaign for the U.S. Senate in 2014.

U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss, a Republican, announced in January he would not be seeking a third term, citing frustration with partisan gridlock in Washington.

A few days later, Republican Congressman Paul Broun of Athens became the first to seek Chambliss' seat.

Gingrey, an OB-GYN from Marietta, was first elected to Congress in 2002. He is co-chair of the GOP Doctors Caucus, formed to challenge President Barack Obama's health care overhaul.

He launched his Senate campaign in a position of financial strength, with about $1.8 million in his congressional campaign account as of Dec. 31.

Two other Republicans are said to be considering the race as well, Congressman Jack Kingston of Savannah and former Georgia Secretary of State Karen Handel.

Georgia Democrats have yet to put up a candidate.

Popular Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed has said he's not interested.

Former Georgia Labor Commissioner Michael Thurmond, who ran unsuccessfully against U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson in 2010, is now interim DeKalb County School Superintendent with a one year contract.

(with help from the Associated Press)

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