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The Hill | Chambliss’s retirement sets off scramble in Ga.

The retirement  of Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R-Ga.) has set off a mad scramble in Georgia politics,  with nearly every major Republican in the state mulling a bid to replace him.
Nearly the entire GOP congressional delegation is looking at the seat. Former  Gov. Sonny Perdue (R) is reportedly considering a bid, as is former Georgia  Secretary of State Karen Handel (R). And any number of self-funding candidates  from Atlanta’s wealthy business community could jump in as well.

“No matter what happens it’s going to be a 10-person race,” said Chris  Crawford, a spokesman for Rep. Jack Kingston (R-Ga.). “There are a lot of folks,  not just in the House delegation, looking at the seat, but some people in the  state and businessmen who are self-funders.”

Crawford said the open seat is “an opportunity [Kingston] is interested in  taking a look at.”

“It’s an open process. Primaries are good and healthy, a lot of people are  taking a look at it, and we’ll see how it shakes out.”


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