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.”