Rep. Tom Graves won’t run for Senate in Georgia

Rep. Tom Graves (R-Ga.), a favorite of fiscal conservatives, has announced that the won't run for the open Senate seat in Georgia.

"My decision rested on what would be best for my family, my district and the state of Georgia, and I have concluded that the right path for now is to forgo this Senate race and continue serving in my current role," Graves said in a statement.

Graves, 43, has served in Congress since winning a 2010 special election. During his tenure, he has aligned himself closely with the likes of the conservative Club for Growth.

Reps. Paul Broun is so far the only Republican in the race for retiring Sen. Saxby Chambliss's (R-Ga.) seat, but he is expected to be joined by Rep. Phil Gingrey and potentially other members of the delegation. Democrats are still in search of a standard-bearer, with Rep. John Barrow appearing to be their best hope if he runs.

Here's the full statement from Graves:

“The last several weeks have been a very exciting time for me and my family as we considered the opportunity to serve Georgia in the United States Senate. It has been an honor to receive so much support from Georgians and grassroots conservatives around the country, and I am confident that we would run a very competitive campaign. My decision rested on what would be best for my family, my district and the state of Georgia, and I have concluded that the right path for now is to forgo this Senate race and continue serving in my current role.

“After receiving so much encouragement to enter the race, I now know we are at the beginning of a long journey in Georgia state politics. I look forward to taking on a greater leadership role in our congressional delegation as many of our senior members enter the primary, and it is important for my supporters to know that I intend to continue preparing for future opportunities to serve Georgia.”

Aaron Blake covers national politics and writes regularly for The Fix, the Post’s top political blog.
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