Rather than post a daily update, we here at Blog for Democracy will just update this Senate tracker as we get information of who is in and who is out.  If we have missed a complete denial or jumping in the race, let us know.



  • Mayor Kasim Reed OUT
  • Mayor Shirley Franklin OUT
  • Sen. Jason Carter
  • Rep. Stacey Abrams OUT 
  • Rep. John Barrow “AT THIS TIME” OUT
  • Rep. Jim Marshall OUT
  • Rep. DuBose Porter CONSIDERING
  • Sen. Steve Thompson CONSIDERING
  • Rep. Scott Holcomb
  • Gov. Roy Barnes
  • Fmr. Labor Commissioner Michael Thurmond
  • Fmr. Attorney General Thurbert Baker
  • Fmr. Lt. Gov. Mark Taylor
  • Fmr. SOS Cathy Cox
  • Steve Oppenheimer
  • Fmr. Sen. Max Cleland
  • Rep. Sanford Bishop

While we’re at it, we will track who is in and out for the seats of those elected officials who will be making runs for Senate.

1st CD (Jack Kingston)

  • Sen. Buddy Carter (R)
  • Fmr. Sen. Eric Johnson (R)

6th CD (Tom Price)

  • Fmr. SOS Karen Handel (R)

10th CD (Paul Broun)

  • Fmr. Sen. John Douglas (R) IN
  • Tea Partier Brian Slowinski (R) IN
  • Benjamin Tarbutton III (R)
  • Sen. Bill Cowsert (R) CONSIDERING
  • Fmr. Rep. Mac Collins (R) RUMORED
  • Fmr. Rep. Doug McKillip (R) STILL A JERK
  • Fmr. Mayor Bob Young (R) INTERESTED
  • Russell Edwards (D)
  • Fmr. Labor Comm. Mike Thurmond (D)

11th CD (Phil Gingrey)

  • Fmr. Rep. Bob Barr (R) IN
  • Rep. Ed Lindsey (R) IN
  • Sen. Barry Loudermilk (R) CONSIDERING
  • Sen. Judson Hill
  • Tricia Pridemore

12th CD (John Barrow)

  • John Stone (R) IN
  • Wright McLeod (R) RUMORED
  • Rick Allen (R) RUMORED
  • DuBose Porter (D)
  • Ed Tarver (D)

25 Responses to BfD’s Senate Tracker

  1. Retra says:

    I know he’s only in his first term, but has anyone talked to Spencer Frye to see if he’s at all interested in the Senate seat? He’s gaining popularity and is without a doubt a potential star for Georgia Democrats.

    • Steve says:

      I don’t think anyone has, nor should they, in my opinion. If he were to run, he would be doing so without even a full term under his belt and very little in the way of contacts statewide. He’s known in Athens, certainly, but his profile statewide basically does not exist, and he hasn’t been around long enough to amass any real network he could use.

      He’s going places, for sure, but he’s got to stay where he is for at least a little while.

  2. Amanda Hugenkiss says:


  3. Waldo says:

    I hope Michael Thurmond will take the DeKalb school board matter seriously, not as as a personal spring board.

    Here is an idea for Senate – Hank Johnson. He runs mostly effective campaigns, and excluding a few laughable gaffs is a good candidate and representative. ( I confess not to know his statewide exposure)

    Secondly, a good Democrat could step into that Congressional seat. Even a few on the above bench list I bet live in that district.

    • Steve says:

      Opinion of him outside of his district is pretty bad. I like the guy, but I don’t expect anyone else does.

  4. Steve says:

    Mike Thurmond is reportedly taking a look at the Broun Seat.

  5. Tim says:

    I would be very happy if Michelle Nunn decided to run, i honestly never thought she’d do it. She’s had so many years in philanthropy – both Hands On Atlanta/Georgia and now Points of Light. My question is only to her connections/experience in the political arena.

    That said, having a woman run for Senate is awesome.

    The more I’ve thought about it, DuBose or Thompson running in lieu of someone with better name recognition statewide, the more i’m okay with it. But I fear they will run “conservative” Democrat campaigns rather that something more moderate.

    • Waldo says:

      I don’t know what would give you that idea, Tim. Maybe because DuBose ran as a “conservative” democrat for Governor, which didn’t help with the base.

      I know there was something Dubose and I didn’t agree on, and it might have been marriage equality. Anyone know where he stand on that? It wasn’t a big deal for the Governor, as we already have banned it constitutionally, but it will matter as a Senator what positions he talks on this issue.

    • I do not know Michelle Nunn, and have never had the pleasure of meeting her. That being said, Tim’s right, running a woman for US Senate, with years of philanthropy backing, etc… would be great.

      Connections and experience in the political arena don’t worry me… she probably knows enough, and could learn the rest…

      My only question, without knowing her or anything about her, if she she really WANTS to be a United States Senator from Georgia. Because we need a candidate who WANTS this…

      This race, if a serious race is run, will involve nearly two years of 24/7 hard work, serious fund raising, serious call time… a lot of HARD WORK…

      If she really WANTS the race, then she’d be a terrific candidate!

  6. Waldo says:

    I am very amused by the idea of Ashley Bell running to be Paul Broun’s successor.

  7. Peaches says:

    Gingrey is leaning in.

    Gingrey: no final decision yet, but family ‘on board’

    • JMPrince says:

      Ye gawds, the unofficial motto for Ga. really should be, ‘Wait, it can always get worse!’ And evidently it may. I hereby conjure the spirit of Man Mountain Dean to try and wrassle some of these miscreants into submission. But the miserable possibilities opened up here seem to be an endless chasm of dreck. We’re always just about the scariest ride at the carnival, aren’t we? #Tradition!

  8. Anita Moorecock says:

    @Joe all politicians think we’re idiots and dolts. That is until enough of us take their power and toys away.. then they call it a “learning experience”.

    The Mayor has to be Mayor at least once more before he can tackle a statewide in GA.

  9. JoeRational says:

    From a report on Fox 5 this morning about the possibility of a run, Kasim Reed said:

    “I haven’t given it any thought. I mean,the only thing I’m focused on right now is being mayor. and because of thethings that have been in front of me, I haven’t given it any thought at all,”Reed told FOX 5’s Morse Diggs via telephone on Tuesday.

    He was in Vegas with the President this week- days after the Chambliss announcement. It is IMPOSSIBLE for me to believe he hasn’t “given it any thought”. That adds to my general distrust of him which is disappointing given his apparent electability.

    But then what? How stupid does he think we are?

    • Steve says:

      If I had to venture an educated guess, he will not be giving it any thought until after President Obama fills some Cabinet positions, like the newly-vacant Secretary of Transportation. If Reed is trying to hide the fact that he would like a Cabinet appointment, he’s doing a poor job of it.

      That’s not to say I wouldn’t love to see him in the Obama Administration. I just think he’s going to punt until he finds out if he’ll get it.

  10. Jules says:

    I agree with some of this sentiment, but to say Gov Strickland is “pro-life” isn’t quite correct. His last rating was 2003 from NARAL, and that’s a long time ago.

    Most of his votes were from his service in Congress, and it’s a mixed bag on that issue.

    He’s hardly a progressive, but he’s not a complete knuckle dragger.

    Plus he’s not running for Gov again, so no need to worry about the Georgia JJ curse.

  11. Erik says:

    The weakness of the state party is going to bite us in the ass here and this is something that has not been touched on so far.

    If Price, Gingrey and Broun all run you have to think that at least one of them would not run for their Congressional seat to “prove” to the people of Georgia how they want to be Senator so we will have an open Congressional seat and an open Senate seat. The ones who do not do that and lose the GOP Senate primary could then be attacked in the general election by their Democratic opponents.


    But with the DPG in such a weakened state, none of it will matter.

    We need voter outreach, we need voter registration, you know, the shit you have to do to win but we are not going to have that because we basically do not even have a state party.

    We did not even have a coordinated campaign in 2012.

    We have not even had an Executive Director in almost a year.

    Those are two basic things! BASIC!

    In 2012 we paid our JJ Speaker $15,000 instead of getting Corey Booker for free from the DNC. For the 2013 JJ, even with the DPG touting Berlon being on the DNC Executive Committee, we’ve got a boring old white guy who is pro-life, pro-NRA and lost us the Governorship in Ohio. GREAT! A failed not real Democrat for a failed not real Democratic Party.

    Seriously people, wake up! Unless we find a candidate for Senate with $2 Million to throw in or a candidate for Congress with $1 Million to throw in we have no chance in Hell because our party is so severely broken.

    Until we fix the problems at the DPG, nothing else matters.