Fourth Republican Enters Crowded Georgia Race #GA01

Kingston is running for Senate, prompting a crowded primary for his House seat. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Another Republican entered Georgia’s already crowded 1st District race on Monday, making him the fourth GOP candidate in the open-seat race to replace GOP Rep. Jack Kingston.

Bob Johnson, a surgeon and former Army Ranger, announced on Monday that he is running.

“I pledge to you that I am not going to compromise my conservative Republican principles,” Johnson said in a news release. “I am not going to Washington to go along and get along. I am running for Congress to bring about real conservative change.”

Three other candidates — state Sen. Buddy Carter, former Ronald Reagan administration official Darwin Carter and former Kingston staffer David Schwarz — have already announced they are running for the seat.

The seat is open this cycle after Kingston announced his bid for the Peach State’s Senate seat in April.

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Rothenberg Political Report/Roll Call rates this a Safe Republican seat.