Democrats hoping for a chance to pick up a U.S. Senate seat from Georgia next year lost one of their favored candidates when centrist Rep. John Barrow announced Tuesday he would not run.
Mr. Barrow said he planned instead to run for re-election to his own U.S. House seat, which he has held since 2005. Mr. Barrow has consistently won re-election despite strong GOP opposition in his mostly rural district, which includes Augusta. He was seen as a potential magnet for moderate voters in the race to succeed Republican Sen. Saxby Chambliss, who is not running for re-election.
Mr. Barrow had the support of Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed and had met recently with potential donors.