Posted: 7:49 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 26, 2013
By Jim Galloway and Daniel Malloy
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Staff writer Greg Bluestein contributed to this article.
A list of the Republicans who are mentioned as possible candidates for an open Senate seat.
U.S. Rep. Tom Price: He was already making calls to Republicans around the state on Friday to build support.
Former Gov. Sonny Perdue: A close friend of Perdue’s said the governor is “really concerned about the current course of the country and is very much analyzing today’s news.”
U.S. Rep. Paul Broun: The Athens Republican said he is still “prayerfully considering” his future.
U.S. Rep. Jack Kingston: He hinted in a statement he was considering a run.
U.S. Rep. Lynn Westmoreland: He’ll be sitting down with his family to consider it and plans to huddle with fellow Georgia Republicans to discuss the race.
U.S. Rep. Tom Graves: “I haven’t ruled it out, haven’t closed the door.”
U.S. Rep. Phil Gingrey: His spokesman said, “The congressman is receiving lots of encouragement and leaving all options on the table.”
Former Secretary of State Karen Handel: Her camp is mum so far on the prospect of a run.
House Speaker David Ralston: A Ralston aide isn’t ruling it out.
Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle: He is not ruling it out, saying this isn’t the day to talk about “politics and future.”
Attorney General Sam Olens: He also didn’t rule out a bid but said it would be “premature to begin speculating about replacing him” so soon.
Herman Cain: He said on Twitter, “No I’m not running!”
Ex-U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich: His spokesman said Gingrich is not running.
A list of some Democrats mentioned as candidates for a possible U.S. Senate seat:
Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed: He deferred questions about the possibility of a run, saying today was about honoring Chambliss’ service.
Former DeKalb County chief executive Vernon Jones: He wrote on his Facebook page to “stay tuned” about a potential announcement.
U.S. Rep. John Barrow: He said he has no plans “at this time” to run for higher office but is gratified that people have been suggesting a Senate run.
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