After conducting a statewide “re-connecting tour” in the past couple of weeks, former US Rep. Lynn Westmoreland (R) yesterday announced that he will not enter the open 2018 Governor’s campaign. Mr. Westmoreland served in the House for six terms beginning in 2005. Prior to coming to Congress, he completed a twelve-year tenure in the Georgia House of Representatives, where he rose to the top GOP leadership position. Rep. Westmoreland did not seek re-election in 2016, ostensibly to begin a campaign for Governor. Already in the GOP race to succeed term-limited Gov. Nathan Deal (R) are Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle, Secretary of State Brian Kemp, and state Sen. Hunter Hill. Former Congressman and US Senate candidate Jack Kingston (R-Savannah) is expected to soon join the race.
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