Democrats hope to find early consensus choice for U.S. Senate race

Believing their ability to win Georgia’s open U.S. Senate seat next year is predicated on dodging a costly and divisive nominating contest, Democratic leaders have begun quietly working to anoint a consensus candidate, multiple party donors and operatives say. U.S. Rep. John Barrow, the coastal blue dog who has thwarted consecutive Republican efforts to bounce…

Conservatives, led by Broun, warn Boehner on guns

U.S. Reps. Paul Broun of Georgia and Steve Stockman of Texas have collected the signatures of more than three dozen Republicans on a letter warning congressional leadership from green-lighting legislation providing for universal background checks without majority support from the House GOP caucus. “We are writing to express our strong opposition to legislation requiring private…

Gingrey to announce Senate bid Wednesday

    U.S. Rep. Phil Gingrey will formally announce a bid for Georgia’s Republican Senate nomination to replace retiring Sen. Saxby Chambliss, a well-placed GOP strategist has confirmed. A Republican with knowledge of Gingrey’s plans told Tipsheet the congressman, now in his sixth term in the House, would file a federal statement of candidacy Wednesday…

Despite predictions of disenfranchisement, black voter participation in GA above 2008 levels

  More than a quarter million African American voters in Georgia have already cast ballots for the November elections, the highest participation rate ever recorded by the secretary of state’s office. According to state elections officials, 780,545 Georgians, of which 33 percent were black, had already voted in the presidential contest as of Friday. Should…