published Friday, March 27th, 2009

Georgia: Handel jumps into race for governor

ATLANTA — Secretary of State Karen Handel has officially thrown her hat in the ring for governor in Georgia.

Handel, a Republican, said Friday she has filed the paperwork to enter the 2010 race to replace outgoing Gov. Sonny Perdue. Handel said in January she planned to run.

It’s shaping up as a crowded contest.

Among Republicans, Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle, state Insurance Commissioner John Oxendine and state Rep. Austin Scott have said they’re interested in running. Cobb County Commission Chairman Sam Olens is also considering the race.

David Poythress, former commander of the Georgia National Guard, is the only Democrat to enter the race so far. House Minority Leader DuBose Porter and former Gov. Roy Barnes may also jump in.

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