Wright McLeod

What’s likely to be a crowded field of Republicans jockeying to take on Rep. John Barrow in 2014 just got one smaller, with Navy veteran Wright McLeod using Facebook to take himself out of consideration.

“As much as I want to run and serve the people of the 12th Congressional district, I will not be a candidate for the Republican nomination in 2014,” a Tuesday morning Facebook post read. “My desire to be a part of a meaningful solution to our Nation’s problems, however, remains steadfast. I am not going away.”

McLeod, who finished behind Lee Anderson and Rick Allen in last year’s GOP primary fight to challenge Barrow, had been considering a second bid for the Republican-bent congressional seat. Allen is also said to be looking at another campaign for the spot.

Barrow’s decision to seek re-election over pursuit of the Senate seat vacated by the retiring Saxby Chambliss, has kept the race on the radar of national GOP groups, including the National Republican Congressional Committee, which is launching a mobile billboard campaign against the Blue Dog Democrat today. Had he chosen to seek statewide office, it’s likely the race would’ve been decided in a Republican primary, given the district’s conservative tilt.

To date, John Stone is the only announced Republican candidate. He was trounced by Barrow, to the tune of a 32-point margin, in 2008, but that district was bent more towards Democrats than the current one.

-Brandon Howell