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Kingston says He's All In on Senate Race

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His brother in law Ben Watson did the introductions. "And now the next Senator from the great state of Georgia, Jack Kinston," said Watson.

As dozens applauded, the longtime congressman from Georgia's 1st district headed to the podium. Jack Kingston told a crowd of supporters he's throwing his hat into the right to run for the Senate Seat being vacated by Saxby Chambliss in 2014. "It would have been easy to stay in the House, more safe," he said. "But I am convinced the battle for America is now in the U.S. Senate."

While Kingston was first elected to the House in 1992, he's not labeled a career politician, at least not by supporters who say he still looks out for the average business owner or taxpayer.

Kingston already has company in the race. Two other republicans, Georgia representatives Paul Broun and Phil Gingrey have launched their campaigns. And former Georgia Secretary of State Karen Handel is apparently considered a bid as well. Kingston isn't necessarily looking for a right with other republicans but says he will defense his record, especially his fiscal record. "No one's going to get to the 'Right' of me on saving money. I've returned over a million dollars in unused office expenses by being a tight wad. No one else in this race can claim that," Kingston told reporters.

As a senior member of the House Appropriations Committee, Kingston says he'd be a top conservative in the Senate. and says he wants more there like him. "Well for one thing, we want to win the majority in the Senate, so we can have reforms on entitlements and reforms on spending," he says.

While he received a warm reception in Savannah, Kingston admits he will have to work to become known in other parts of the state. "But I think if we talk about national defense, job creation, it's a message Georgia's are going to want to know about," he said.

Kingston says he has proven he knows how to reach across the aisle for the good of the country. "You don't compromise on principal but you fight hard for good ideas. And I believe that's how you get things done," said Kingston.

Kingston has raised nearly $900,000 thus far and has a major kickoff fundraiser planned for Friday evening in Savannah.

SAVANNAH, GA. (AP/WSAV) - Rep. Jack Kingston of Savannah is joining what's turning out to be a crowded 2014 race for the U.S. Senate in Georgia. He made the official announcement early Thursday in downtown Savannah.

Kingston has widely been expected to join the race for the Senate seat being vacated next year when Georgia Sen. Saxby Chambliss retires.
Republican Reps. Paul Broun of Athens and Phil Gingrey of Marietta have already launched their campaigns. Former Georgia Secretary of State Karen Handel sent an email to supporters Wednesday saying she's still considering the race.
Kingston has served the past two decades in Congress. He raised more than $843,000 in the first quarter of this year and scheduled a Friday "kickoff" fundraiser in Savannah.

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