Gingrich won’t run for U.S. Senate in Georgia

Rachel Rose Hartman
The Ticket

Newt Gingrich's spokesman confirmed on Friday that the former presidential candidate and U.S. House member from Georgia will not be a candidate for the U.S. Senate.

Hammond tweeted the news after Republican Sen. Saxby Chambliss' announcement that he will not be running for re-election in 2014.

Democrats are already expressing optimism about the open-seat race.

Guy Cecil, executive director of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, released the following statement on Friday:

Georgia will now offer Democrats one of our best pick-up opportunities of the cycle. There are already several reports of the potential for a divisive primary that will push Republicans to the extreme right. Regardless, there’s no question that the demographics of the state have changed and Democrats are gaining strength. This will be a top priority.