Rep. John Barrow (D-Ga.) will not run for the Senate in 2014, he announced Tuesday, ending months of speculation over whether the conservative Democrat would make a bid.
"I'm grateful for the encouragement I've received from folks all across the State of Georgia, but I've decided that I will not be a candidate for the Senate in 2014," Barrow said in a statement. "I enjoy my work on behalf of the folks in the 12th District, and I look forward to continuing to serve them in the House of Representatives."
Barrow is the last of a dying breed in the House: Democrats from the Deep South. He defied the odds to survive a tough re-election fight in 2012, and looks to face a difficult race again in 2014.
Barrow's conservative profile would have made him the most attractive Democratic candidate for retiring Republican Sen. Saxby Chambliss's seat. Now, Democrats will likely turn their attention to Michelle Nunn, another potential candidate. She is the daughter of former senator Sam Nunn.
On the Republican side, there are three announced candidates: Reps. Jack Kingston, Paul Broun and Phil Gingrey.