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.
The 11-term Republican congressman will make an announcement during double events in his coastal 1st District in Savannah and Brunswick. Kingston’s team would not describe the substance of his planned remarks.
“You’ll have to listen in to find out,” Kingston spokesman Chris Crawford told CQ Roll Call.
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.
The likelihood that Kingston would run for the seat of retiring Sen. Saxby Chambliss, R-Ga., increased after the release of the congressman’s first quarter fundraising report. (Interested in how much money other House members raised this year? See Roll Call's First Quarter Fundraising Chart).
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.
The Associated Press first reported Kingston’s scheduled press conferences.