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[link]New York Times,http://www.nytimes.com/2013/01/26/us/po ... ement.html[/link]





Chambliss Announces Retirement From Senate





WASHINGTON — Senator Saxby Chambliss, the Georgia Republican who helped lead efforts to find a bipartisan deficit reduction compromise, announced on Friday that he would retire at the end of 2014, a decision likely to set off a battle on the Republican Party’s right flank for a successor.





Senator Saxby Chambliss lifted his public stature in 2011 as one of three Republican senators in the “Gang of Six” hashing out a deficit reduction plan that the group hoped would capture broad appeal.





Already, organizations backed by the Tea Party were stirring interest in a primary challenge for Mr. Chambliss over his embrace of new revenues as a part of any comprehensive deficit package. Representatives Tom Price and Paul Broun, two Republican doctors and ardent conservatives from Georgia, had expressed interest in a possible challenge.





But without Mr. Chambliss in the picture, the Senate contest in Georgia could shape up to be a battle royale on the right. Other possible candidates could include Herman Cain, a failed presidential candidate, and Karen Handel, a former Georgia secretary of state who ran for governor in 2010 with the backing of Sarah Palin. Ms. Handel lost that contest but went on to a senior position at the Susan G. Komen for the Cure breast cancer foundation, where she championed a controversial move to withhold financing for Planned Parenthood cancer screenings.
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Good riddance. Can Max Cleland have his seat back?Chambliss ran one of the most despicable campaigns ever against a wounded war veteran. (And, yup, Chambliss is a Chicken Hawk who got student and medical deferments to avoid service during the Viet Nam era.)

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Congressman Jack Kingston (R-GA 01) probably needs to be included with Congresscritters Tom Price (R-GA 06) and Paul Broun (R-GA 10) as potential Senate candidates. A list of Georgia's US Representatives is available at the [/break1]house.gov/representatives/#state_ga]link.

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Since Georgia Republicans statewide can't be counted on anymore for sanity at the ballot box, there is no reason Leroy shouldn't run.Sekrit Stuffs!

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Paul Broun is running. [/break1]ajc.com/political-insider-jim-galloway/2013/01/30/your-daily-jolt-paul-broun%E2%80%99s-wife-declares-he%E2%80%99s-running-for-u-s-senate/]http://blogs.ajc.com/political-insider- ... -s-senate/Yes, he is an extremist and a birfer. [/break1]talkingpointsmemo.com/Paul%20Broun]http://topics.talkingpointsmemo.com/Paul%20Broun[/break1]politifact.com/personalities/paul-broun/]http://www.politifact.com/personalities/paul-broun/[/break1]motherjones.com/mojo/2013/01/gop-rep-paul-broun-says-obama-upholds-soviet-constitution-doesnt-specify-which-one]http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2013/01 ... -which-oneHe'll prolly win.

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Congressman Paul Broun made it official today.


Rep. Paul Broun (R-Ga.) will run for the Senate in 2014, he announced Wednesday afternoon. Broun is the first candidate to officially declare his candidacy for the seat being vacated by retiring Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R).





Broun likely won’t be the only Republican to join the race for Chambliss’s seat. Other names to watch include GOP Reps. Tom Graves, Tom Price, Phil Gingrey, and Jack Kingston, and former secretary of state Karen Handel (R).





On the Democratic side, it’s unclear who will emerge. Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed said earlier this week that he won’t make a bid. Reed promoted moderate Democratic Rep. John Barrow and former Atlanta chief operating officer Peter Aman for the job.


[/break1]washingtonpost.com/blogs/post-politics/wp/2013/02/06/paul-broun-announces-georgia-senate-bid/]http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/pos ... enate-bid/If nothing else, [Michael] Berlon [Chairman of the state Democratic Party] thinks the entry of the Athens congressman into the Senate race will make it easier to recruit a Democratic candidate. For the next 20 months, he’ll be talking about “Paul Broun’s Republican Party.”





“[Broun] doesn’t believe in science. He’s talked about how he doesn’t believe the president was born in the United States. He thinks the president is either alternately a Marxist or he’s a Nazi. And he’s not afraid to say that,” Berlon said. “I don’t understand how that translates into any credible run for the U.S. Senate. And I think it’s embarrassing to Georgia and the Republican Party.”





It is easy to write off Broun. His latest campaign report showed a mere $155,000 in cash on hand. Potential GOP rivals such as U.S. Reps. Jack Kingston of Savannah, Phil Gingrey of Marietta and Price all have treasuries stacked with well over $1 million each.





Broun’s handout to reporters on Wednesday was a single-sheet resume — a reflection of the state of his finances.


[/break1]ajc.com/weblogs/political-insider/2013/feb/06/paul-broun-thumbs-his-nose-karl-rove-jumps-2014-ra/]http://www.ajc.com/weblogs/political-in ... s-2014-ra/

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Paul Broun is running. He'll prolly win.Some of us :geezer: and :oldlady: are old enough to remember which state elected Lester "Ax Handle" Maddox as its governor. Then again, I remember whom Georgians elected just 4 years later.

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Since we only have 15 months or so before the primary election in Georgia, here is the first of the many polls we'll be reading.Georgia Republican Reps. Paul Broun, Phil Gingrey and Tom Price lead the field of potential contenders for the GOP nomination in the open Senate race.In a new survey conducted by Harper Polling, a GOP firm, 19 percent of Republicans polled said Broun would be their pick for the nominee to replace retiring Sen. Saxby Chambliss, 18 percent picked Gingrey and 17 percent said they would vote for Price.Rep. Jack Kingston took 13 percent, and two other candidates, Ross Tolleson and Kelly Loeffler, got negligible support in the survey.Broun is the only declared candidate for the seat, but Gingrey and Kingston are expected to decide on a run soon. Price has said he will wait to make a decision until May.[/break1]rollcall.com/georgia-new-poll-finds-close-race-in-gop-senate-primary/]http://atr.rollcall.com/georgia-new-pol ... e-primary/

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New Polling suggests Democrats could have a chance to take back the Georgia Senate Seat[/break1]publicpolicypolling.com/main/2013/02/georgia-senate-race-could-be-competitive.html]http://www.publicpolicypolling.com/main ... itive.htmlIf Cleland could be coaxed into the race he would start out with a lead over every Republican we tested him against. He's up 1 against Price, 3 against Kingston, 5 against Gingrey, and 7 against Broun and Handel.Democratic prospects for winning the seat might not hinge on what could be an unlikely Cleland candidacy though. John Barrow trails by an average of only 4/10ths of a point against the Republicans we tested- leading Gingrey and Handel by 1, tying Broun, trailing Price by 1, and trailing Kingston by 3. Carter trails the quintet of Republicans we tested by an average of 3.8 points- he's down 2 to Broun and Gingrey, 4 to Handel, 5 to Price, and 6 to Kingston.

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The Hill is reporting Congressman [/break1]house.gov/]Phil Gingrey (R-GA 11) will run for the open US Senate seat.


Rep. Phil Gingrey (R-Ga.) is planning to run for the Georgia Senate seat being vacated by Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R), senior GOP strategists in the state told The Hill.





"I've just talked to two people that told me Phil Gingrey is actually calling them telling them he's going to run and his staff is telling people he'll probably make his announcement sometime next week," said Tom Perdue, a top Georgia Republican strategist who is close to Chambliss. "He said it on a conference call with about 12 people."


[/break1]com/blogs/ballot-box/senate-races/284293-gop-source-gingrey-will-run-for-senate]http://thehill.com/blogs/ballot-box/sen ... for-senate

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I met Max Cleland at a CADEM convention once. Wow. Quelle bon vivant! He was such a nice guy. He spent 2 days of after-hours fun in our hotel lounge, buying and receiving drinks, having pretty girls sit in his lap, his loud, raucous laughter drowning out the guy tickling the piano keys.I hope he will return to public service. The way he was treated last time is shameful.
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Georgia Congressman Tom Graves (R-GA 06) decides to run for re-election to the House in 2014 instead of the open Senate seat. Georgia Republican Rep. Tom Graves said Monday he would not run for the state’s open Senate seat, narrowing the potential field of GOP congressmen running statewide in 2014 to four.“My decision rested on what would be best for my family, my district and the state of Georgia, and I have concluded that the right path for now is to forgo this Senate race and continue serving in my current role,” Graves said in a statement.[/break1]rollcall.com/georgia-tom-graves-not-running-for-senate/]http://atr.rollcall.com/georgia-tom-gra ... or-senate/

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We're going to have to wait a few weeks before reading about Congressman [/break1]house.gov/]Tom Price's decision regarding the open US Senate seat in Georgia.Congressman Tom Price, a Republican, has said he will not announce a decision about running next year for the Senate in Georgia until May, but a pair of fundraising emails obtained by THE WEEKLY STANDARD indicate the GOP congressman may be leaning toward getting in the race.[/break1]weeklystandard.com/blogs/price-fundraising-possible-senate-run_712235.html]http://www.weeklystandard.com/blogs/pri ... 12235.htmlAn excerpt from one of Price's e-mails is available at the above link.

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This Public Policy Polling article is a bit stale (Feb 20, 2013) but it offers a suggestion why Sen Chambliss may have thought this was the right time to retire.Our newest look at Saxby Chambliss' approval numbers probably confirms that he made the right choice by deciding to retire. Only 47% of Republicans are happy with the job he's doing to 31% who disapprove. It's hard to fight off a serious primary challenge when your numbers are under 50% in your party. Chambliss' overall approval is 35/41. Georgians aren't real big on any of their politicians- Johnny Isakson comes in at 37/39 and Barack Obama's at 45/53 in the state.[/break1]publicpolicypolling.com/main/2013/02/georgia-miscellany.html#more]http://www.publicpolicypolling.com/main ... .html#moreChambliss, like many politicians, claimed in his retirement announcement he would again win re-election (see link in OP). It's difficult at present to determine if he heard footsteps from his right. His polling numbers are pretty blase, especially for someone with his seniority.

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Looks like Congressmen Paul Broun (R-GA 10) and Phil Gingrey (R-GA 11) are going to get a third contender for the open Senate seat.Rep. Jack Kingston, R-Ga., has scheduled two news conferences for Thursday — yet another indication he will become the third member of the state’s delegation to enter the Senate race.But Kingston also has a “kickoff reception” scheduled Friday in Savannah, according to an invitation obtained and published by GaPundit.com. The invitation does not mention the Senate race, but Kingston writes in an accompanying letter that he will need $5 million in the bank before the general election.Last cycle, Kingston raised much less — $1.2 million — for his entire re-election to his House district, according to campaign finance records. Kingston brought in $846,000 in the first three months of this year, raising more the other two members of the delegation who have already announced their candidacies. Rep. Paul Broun raised $208,000, and Rep. Phil Gingrey raised $666,000. Other Republicans, including Rep. Tom Price, are also looking at the race.[/break1]rollcall.com/jack-kingston-will-make-announcement-on-thursday/]http://atr.rollcall.com/jack-kingston-w ... -thursday/

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We're going to have to wait a few weeks before reading about Congressman [/break1]house.gov/]Tom Price's decision regarding the open US Senate seat in Georgia.

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Another Georgia Republican wants to give it a shot.Former Georgia Secretary of State Karen Handel announced her campaign for Senate on Friday morning, as the state’s Republican convention was set to kick off in Athens.Handel is the fourth Republican to enter the race for the seat of retiring GOP Sen. Saxby Chambliss. Notably, she is also the first woman and first candidate who is not a member of Congress. GOP Reps. Paul Broun, Phil Gingrey and Jack Kingston are running. David Perdue, the cousin of former Gov. Sonny Perdue, announced an exploratory committee this week.Handel was first elected to office in 2003 as chairman of the Fulton County Board of Commissioners and became Georgia’s first elected Republican secretary of state in 2006. She ran for governor in 2010, falling to now-Gov. Nathan Deal in the primary runoff.Outside of running for office, Handel served as deputy chief of staff to Gov. Sonny Perdue. More recently, she served vice president of public policy at Susan G. Komen for the Cure during the group’s controversial decisions regarding the funding of Planned Parenthood. Handel later wrote a book about the experience.[/break1]rollcall.com/karen-handel-enters-georgia-senate-race/]http://atr.rollcall.com/karen-handel-en ... nate-race/Handel may be remembered by some for an episode involving the Susan G Komen decision to cut off funds for Planned Parenthood.[/break1]politico.com/news/stories/0212/72550.html]http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0212/72550.html

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We could end up with a very competitive race, especially if a RWNJ wins the Republican primary (a definite possibility in Georgia).Michelle Nunn, the daughter of former Senator Sam Nunn, is expected to launch her campaign for the Democratic nomination this summer. This seat is now held by Senator Saxby Chambliss, a Republican who has announced he will retire in January.National Democrats are growing increasingly optimistic about Nunn's prospects, especially if Republicans nominate one of the state's three right-wing House members to replace Chambliss, though their first choice, Congressman John Barrow, has already said he won’t run. Nunn, who is a longtime nonprofit executive, and the chief executive officer of Points of Light, the nation's largest volunteer network, has been traveling the state as she attempts to tap into her father's formidable fundraising network.Others are expected to file for the Democratic nomination, though Nunn looks to be a prohibitive favorite. On the Republican side, there is a wide-open primary, and Democrats figure one of those three very conservative House members will emerge, making an appealing target for Nunn in November. [/break1]bloomberg.com/news/2013-07-01/does-georgia-senate-seat-run-in-nunn-family-.html]http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-07-0 ... mily-.html

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Michelle Nunn, daughter of former Sen Sam Nunn, announced her decision to run for the US Senate seat presently held by Saxby Chambliss.The Republican side of the race to replace retiring Republican Sen. Saxby Chambliss is shaping up as a competitive contest. The field includes Reps. Paul C. Broun, Jack Kingston and Phil Gingrey and former Georgia secretary of state Karen Handel.Broun, in particular, could pose problems for Republicans in the general election. Controversial comments and strident conservatism could make him a shaky GOP nominee. Meanwhile, Gingrey has stoked controversy with a remark that former Senate nominee Todd Akin of Missouri was “partly right” about rape. Gingrey later said that his remark was misconstrued and argued that he was not defending Akin’s comments about “legitimate rape” rarely causing pregnancy.Democrats are already trying to stir the pot in the GOP primary, believing that if the contest produces a flawed nominee, Nunn would be well positioned to pounce. In a fundraising e-mail for the Democrat circulated Tuesday, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) declared that “the alternative is disturbing.”She is the chief executive of Points of Light, a group that encourages volunteerism. The organization formed out of the 2007 merger of the HandsOn Network, a group that Nunn headed, and the Points of Light Foundation, which was formed in 1990 in response to President George H.W. Bush’s call for Americans to volunteer.[/break1]washingtonpost.com/politics/nunns-senate-bid-puts-pressure-on-georgia-republicans/2013/07/23/544d5db8-f3b6-11e2-a2f1-a7acf9bd5d3a_story.html]http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/ ... story.htmlI don't know if I can locate the post but shortly after the 2012 election there was a GOP meeting where Republicans attempted to figure out what went wrong. A speaker told them no Republican candidate should mention the word rape when campaigning. There must have been a long line at the refreshment table when he was speaking.

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Nice early numbers from a red state.PPP's newest Georgia Senate poll finds that with Michelle Nunn joining the field, the race is a toss up.Nunn currently leads or is tied with all the Republicans in the race. The ones she's dead even with are Phil Gingrey (both at 41%) and David Perdue (both at 40%). She leads Karen Handel and Jack Kingston each by 2 points at 40/38, Paul Broun by 5 at 41/36, Derrick Grayson by 6 at 42/36, and Eugene Yu by 7 at 42/35. Gingrey is the early leader for the Republican nomination with 25% to 19% for Broun, 15% for Kingston, 13% for Handel, 5% for Perdue, 3% for Grayson, and less than 1% for Yu. Only Gingrey (+14 at 33/19) and Kingston (+4 at 25/21) even have positive favorability numbers with GOP primary voters. 20% of voters remain undecided- at least at this early stage it looks like four top tier candidates competing for two spots in an inevitable looking runoff.[/break1]publicpolicypolling.com/main/2013/08/georgia-senate-starts-as-toss-up.html#more]http://www.publicpolicypolling.com/main ... .html#moreFull results are available [/break1]publicpolicypolling.com/pdf/2011/PPP_Release_GA_080613.pdf]here.

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The best news from PPP's Georgia poll is that Gingrey and Broun are the top 2 in the Republican primary. If those are the two that make the run-off then that gives Nunn the best chance to draw a weak, gaffe-prone opponent that will have trouble raising funds. Even better if all 5 or 6 declared Republican candidates make it to the primary and spend all their time and money trying to make the run-off.Unfortunately there's still a lot of time for their fundraising to pick up and for Handel to sneak into the top 2 and advance. She'd probably be Nunn's hardest matchup so we have to hope that Broun can somehow advance despite horrible fundraising. Nunn will really need to post strong fundraising numbers herself when Q3 numbers are released showing the haul she brought in in her first quarter in the race.

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GOP anxiety grows over Ga. Senate race


By Cameron Joseph - 08/11/13 12:20 PM ET





Republicans are increasingly concerned about Georgia's Senate race, where a crowded primary threatens to produce a flawed candidate who could put at risk a seat in a Republican-leaning state.





Recent polling shows the two candidates Republicans are most anxious about — Reps. Phil Gingrey (R-Ga.) and Paul Broun (R-Ga.) — leading the pack. Whoever emerges from the clown-car primary, with seven candidates and counting, will face a candidate Democrats are high on in a state where shifting demographics benefit their party.





Losing Georgia's open Senate seat would do severe damage to Republicans' hopes of winning the net of six seats necessary to take control of the Senate.more here:


[/break1]com/blogs/ballot-box/senate-races/316489-gop-anxiety-grows-over-georgia-senate-race]http://thehill.com/blogs/ballot-box/sen ... enate-race

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Election day is still 9 months+ away but this is still good news for Democratic Senate hopeful Michelle Nunn.Nunn leads Rep. Paul Broun 42-41 percent; Rep. Phil Gingrey 45-41 percent; former Georgia Secretary of State Karen Handel 44-40 percent and Rep. Jack Kingston 44-42 percent. The survey was conducted by Public Policy Polling and commissioned by the liberal Americans United for Change.Republicans in the Peach State are battling it out in a bloody, crowded primary, while Nunn, the daughter of former Sen. Sam Nunn, enjoys overwhelming support from her party. Democrats hope that the eventual GOP nominee will be badly bruised at the end of the primary process, paving the way for a competitive general election fight in deep-red Georgia.[/break1]politico.com/story/2014/01/michelle-nunn-georgia-elections-2014-polls-102824.html?hp=l5]http://www.politico.com/story/2014/01/m ... html?hp=l5 -xx

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It's GREAT news because Broun, inexplicably, still fares the best among the potential Republican nominees. Broun getting the Republican nomination is the key to this race for Nunn and her supporters. If the GOP nominee is Broun then it's an entirely different race than if the nominee is anyone else.





I eagerly look forward to the Republican primary candidates releasing their fourth quarter fundraising numbers over the next few days. Nunn outraised all of them in the third quarter when she pulled in $1.7 million. Her fourth quarter release showed an impressive $1.6 million haul. The only Republican to report their 4th quarter numbers was Kingston, who raised only $880,000.

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