Michelle Nunn announces Georgia Senate campaign

Michelle Nunn, the daughter of former senator Sam Nunn (D-Ga.), announced Monday that she will run for Senate in 2014.

Nunn, 46 and the head of the Points of Light Foundation, has launched a campaign Web site and a Twitter account, though her official announcement won't be till Tuesday.

Nunn told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that she will file the paperwork Tuesday. She was widely expected to run.

“I’m excited about it," Nunn said. "I’ve learned that you can’t wait for somebody else to do it. Everybody has an individual role and a responsibility to contribute where they can. This seems like a way for me to contribute.”

Georgia remains a red state, but it is a top Democratic target in 2014 given their dearth of fertile takeover opportunities and the fact that it's an open seat. Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R-Ga.) is retiring.

Democrats are hopeful that a less-electable Republican emerges from the primary field. Establishment Republicans have expressed concerns that Reps. Paul Broun and Phil Gingrey could turn the race competitive if they win the nomination, similar to other recent controversial GOP Senate nominees.

Also running on the GOP side are U.S. Rep. Jack Kingston and former Georgia secretary of state Karen Handel.

Aaron Blake covers national politics and writes regularly for The Fix.
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