Tom Price is the most likely of the current Congressmen to run, and an announcement is likely very, very soon. He has the advantage of getting out of the gate earliest because he was strongly considering a primary challenge against Saxby, and thus had already taken some of the initial steps. His hefty Congressional campaign warchest doesn’t hurt either, as that money can be used in a Senate race as well.
Price is rooted in the mainstream of the party, but has taken steps over the past couple of years to ingratiate himself to the Tea Party wing of the party as well. Most notably, Price recently added Ellen Carmichael to his staff as Communications Director. Carmichael served as Herman Cain’s spokesperson as well, ensuring that a Price for Senate bid would have a message that appeals to a broad spectrum of Republicans.
As certain as it looks like Price will enter this race, expect former Secretary of State and recent gubernatorial candidate Karen Handel to enter a 6th district Congressional contest as a front runner. She remains popular in the district and has kept ties to those who supported her for governor 3 years ago.
Jan Jones, the Speaker Pro Tem of the state House, also resides in that neck of the woods. Jones is ambitious and upwardly mobile. It remains to be seen if she prefers that upward mobility to be in Atlanta or if Washington fits in any of her plans.
From the Cobb County part of the district, Judson Hill and his hair have been very visible across the 6th district and the twitterverse as of late. After deflecting rumors (that he started) that he was going to challenge Chambliss, it now looks like he may be looking closer to home for a race. Could it be for Congress?
Other names being mentioned: Senator John Albers, Senator Brandon Beach, and former Rep (and Speaker for a week or so) Mark Burkhalter.