Georgia Rep. Jack Kingston's entrance into the Senate Republican primary means there will be at least three GOP-held, open-seat House races in the Peach State in 2014.
Unfortunately for Democrats, who are looking for avenues to the majority next year, all of the seats are in Republican-leaning districts. That includes Kingston's 1st District, which covers Georgia's entire Atlantic coastline, stretching from Savannah south to Brunswick and the Florida state line.
The 11-term incumbent's official announcement tour Thursday finally opened the door for ambitious Republicans from populous Savannah in search of a ladder to Congress. The list of candidates already running or mentioned as possible candidates include:
- State Sen. Buddy Carter, who already filed candidacy papers with the Federal Election Commission and will announce his candidacy Monday, according to his consultant.
- David Schwarz, lobbyist and former Kingston staffer
- State Rep. Jeff Chapman
- John McCallum, a former Newt Gingrich aide
- Darwin Carter, frequent candidate
- Stephen Meeks, former Sen. Saxby Chambliss staffer
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