By: Kevin Karel (WRGA News)
A move rumored for many weeks became official in Congressman Phil Gingrey’s native home of Augusta on Wednesday morning: he is running for the U.S. Senate.
The announcement kicked off a day of celebrating for Gingrey, who was first elected to the House of Representatives in 2002 and has at points represented parts of Floyd, Bartow, Cherokee, Polk and Cobb counties for Georgia’s 11th District in Washington D.C.
The only other Republican to throw their hat in the ring to this point is Paul Broun, who is also a GOP Congressman. Broun represents the 10th District which includes Athens and stretches from Metro Atlanta to Augusta. Both Gingrey and Broun are doctors and are considered to be staunch conservatives.
Saxby Chambliss is vacating the seat, choosing not to run for a third term in office. Whoever wins will join Republican Johnny Isakson in representing Georgia in the Senate.
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