Martha Zoller, Doug Collins Early Frontrunners in New Georgia Seat

Posted September 7, 2011 at 8:05pm

Conservative talk radio host Martha Zoller (R) on Wednesday announced her long-expected bid for Congress in Georgia’s new House district.

“I am not running to just speak for myself. I am running to give a voice to all the moms and dads and hardworking American tax payers who are saying loud and clear — enough is enough!” Zoller, who affiliates herself with the tea party movement, said in a statement.

Given the extremely Republican bent of the 9th district, the winner of the GOP primary will almost certainly be the next Member. Under the new lines, 75 percent of voters would have cast their ballots for Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) in the 2008 presidential election.

State Rep. Doug Collins (R), close to Gov. Nathan Deal (R), was the first to declare his bid for the seat. Although Zoller and Collins appear to be the early frontrunners, insiders expect the field to grow considerably over the coming weeks.