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Gingrey announces US Senate bid

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Phil Gingrey announced his run for U.S. Senate on Wednesday, March 27. Phil Gingrey announced his run for U.S. Senate on Wednesday, March 27.
ATLANTA -

Congressman Phil Gingrey is running for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Saxby Chambliss.

Gingrey made his announcement Wednesday at Georgia Tech, where he received his undergraduate degree. He was a Marietta OB/GYN before entering politics and has served six terms in Congress.

"I will do everything in my power to run a race that's based on character and integrity and trust," Gingrey said.

Gingrey joins Athens congressman Paul Broun in the race for the open Senate seat.

"I have led the charge. I have led the fight in Washington to stop the irresponsible spending that both parties have been doing, and that's exactly what Georgians want," Broun said.

Other Republicans may follow, including Savannah Congressman Jack Kingston, Roswell Congressman Tom Price and former Georgia Secretary of State Karen Handel.

"Who is in the race really doesn't bother me. I know that in my heart of hearts, that I am going to be the next senator to join Johnny Isakson in 2014," Gingrey said.

The Senate race is opening up other contests. Former Rep. Bob Barr is expected to announce on Thursday that he will run for Gingrey's seat.

Democrats have not yet announced plans to run for the Senate. Congressman John Barrow and Michelle Nunn have been mentioned as potential Democratic candidates.

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