Ga. senator leaves Congress race

SNELLVILLE, Ga. -- Republican Senator Don Balfour will not run to replace John Linder in the U.S. House.

The Snellville-based lawmaker says he wants to focus on running an efficient Rules Committee. He says he's looking forward to welcoming his son home soon from his service in Afghanistan and focusing on his career at Waffle House.

Balfour announced March 1 his plans to seek the Republican nomination for the 7th congressional district east of Atlanta.

Days earlier, Linder had announced that he would retire after 18 years in the House. The 7th district includes parts of Gwinnett, Barrow and Walton counties.

Balfour says he has enjoyed his 18 years in the Senate, and wants to be remembered in part for helping in the inception the Georgia Gwinnett College.

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