Newt Gingrich won’t run for open Georgia senate seat

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      Alex Pappas

      Alex Pappas is a Washington D.C.-based political reporter for The Daily Caller. He has also written for The Washington Examiner and the Mobile Press-Register. Pappas is a graduate of The University of the South in Sewanee, Tenn., where he was editor-in-chief of The Sewanee Purple. While in college, he did internships at NBC's Meet the Press and the White House. He grew up in Mobile, Ala., where he graduated from St. Paul's Episcopal School. He and his wife live on Capitol Hill.

Newt Gingrich isn’t interested in moving back Georgia and running for the U.S. Senate, a spokesman for the former House Speaker told The Daily Caller on Friday.

“Callista and Newt saw the news reports this morning Saxby Chambliss is stepping away from the U.S. Senate,” spokesman R.C. Hammond told TheDC. “They both admire Saxby for his dedication to Georgia and his service in Congress.”

Added Hammond: “Looking ahead, Newt Gingrich will not be a candidate in the ’14 GOP Senate primary, but Newt will be ready to support the candidate Georgia Republicans nominate.”

Chambliss, a Republican, announced his retirement Friday.

Gingrich represented a suburban Georgia district in the House of Representatives from 1979 until 1999, though he lives in Virginia today. He ran for president in 2012.

Another potential candidate for the open seat, former presidential candidate Herman Cain, also said Friday he won’t run for the seat.

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