As Erick predicted Wednesday, Gov. Sonny Perdue today issued a writ of election to Secretary of State Karen Handel and announced that the special election to fill the 10th Congressional District seat left vacant by the death of Rep. Charlie Norwood will be held on Tuesday, June 19.
The date gives the growing field of candidates almost four months to campaign and allows a pair of state senators seeking the seat to complete the current legislative session.
Three Republicans have said they will run to represent the northeastern Georgia district: State Sens. Ralph Hudgens and Jim Whitehead, and Paul Broun, a doctor whose father was a longtime Democratic state senator. Doc Eldridge, a former Democratic mayor of Athens, has said he may also run as a Republican.
And so the race officially begins…