Ralph Reed Expected to Pass on Georgia House Race

Former Christian Coalition architect Ralph Reed, who is known to be considering a possible bid in Georgia's open 7th district, announced Tuesday that he'd make his future plans known on Wednesday. But multiple Georgia GOP insiders said Tuesday afternoon that they believe the former lieutenant governor candidate will simply be announcing that he will pass on the Congressional contest. According to one source, Reed, a well-known conservative voice who lives in the 7th district, has not reached out to key supporters in Georgia about running for Congress. Others pointed out that his trip to New York on Monday for a Fox New appearance isn't the move of a would-be candidate getting his team together ahead of a Congressional campaign announcement. Reed started the Faith & Freedom Coalition last summer. The venture has been described as a Christian Coalition 2.0. State Sen. Don Balfour (R) and state Rep. Clay Cox (R) are already in the race to replace retiring Rep. John Linder (R) in the heavily Republican 7th district. Gwinnett County Commissioner Mike Beaudreau (R) is also considering the contest.

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