Savannah state senator now running for Georgia governor

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ATLANTA — A Republican state senator from Savannah tells The Associated Press he is throwing his hat in the ring for governor.

Eric Johnson had been running for lieutenant governor. He decided to switch races after Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle withdrew from the governor's contest citing health problems. Cagle said he'd seek re-election to his current seat. That would've pitted him against Johnson.

Johnson made the announcement today.

He's the former president pro tem of the state Senate and pushed unsuccessfully this year to make Georgia the first state in the nation to offer universal school vouchers.

Johnson joins three Republicans already in the race: Secretary of State Karen Handel, Insurance Commissioner John Oxendine and state Rep. Austin Scott.

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eric stoner
eric stoner 04/27/09 - 12:35 pm
I hope they all wear each

I hope they all wear each other out before November of next year. It will be interesting to see who actually makes it to the starting line when qualifying opens.

Fiat_Lux 04/27/09 - 07:16 pm
I'm thrilled that Eric has

I'm thrilled that Eric has finally decided to run. He will be a terrific governor. Shoot, he'd be a great President.

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