Augusta businessman Eugene Yu, considered a longshot Senate candidate since announcing a bid last May, announced Saturday he was opting to instead attempt unseating Democratic Rep. John Barrow in the 12th district.
“Many have tried and failed, but I know I will bring the 12th Congressional seat back into Republican hands. The people of our district deserve a true conservative representing them, and with a servant’s heart I will be that person,” he said in a press release. “With my campaign team running on all cylinders and with the strength of our supporters across the state, I will be the hardest working candidate during this election, focusing my attention on the needs of the people of the 12th Congressional district.”
The move follows weeks of rumors that Yu was considering changing races instead of staying in the crowded field of Republicans seeking to replace Saxby Chambliss.
Those rumblings were initially dispelled but recently resurfaced and were confirmed on the day of the third debate sanctioned by the Georgia Republican Party between the Senate candidates.
Yu is now the fourth candidate vying for a shot at Barrow, whose conservative district is a perennial Republican target.
Fellow Augustan Rick Allen and former congressional staffer John Stone have each sought the spot before, and have been in the race since last year. State Rep. Delvis Dutton announced a bid earlier this month.
Though his Senate campaign entered 2014 with only $51,845 cash on hand, Yu’s personal wealth is likely to lend him instant financial credibility in the race; a considerable portion of $330,767 in 2013 receipts came from his own coffers.