The Athens Republican has scheduled a 4 p.m. news conference in Buckhead to announce that he will launch his bid for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Sen. Saxby Chambliss. Broun will be the first Republican to formally enter the race, but he’s certain not to be the last.
Several of his fellow congressmen are contemplating bids, as well.
Broun positioned himself to run against Chambliss even before the senator announced last month that he would not seek a third term. Chambliss said he was retiring out of frustration over congressional gridlock, not out of fear of a primary challenge.
Democrats, meanwhile, view the seat as a possible pick-up opportunity.