A longtime ,30-year Walton County pastor, Hice made it into a GOP runoff in the 7th District contest to replace U.S. Rep. John Linder, losing to Rob Woodall. Hice received 44 percent of the vote. From the press release:
“My life has been dedicated to serving people. I care about families and their future. I care deeply about the future of our nation. Under President Obama we have weak leadership, bad decisions, wrong policies and absolutely the wrong vision for our country. America has taken the wrong road and it is time to change direction.
“First and foremost we must stop the irresponsible spending by the politicians in Washington. Georgians know that we cannot afford unrestrained spending, higher taxes, spiraling deficits and astronomical national debt.”
Hice will join Republican House Caucus Chairman Donna Sheldon who announced her candidacy last week, and Stephen Simpson who primaried Paul Broun in 2012. Newton County Commissioner and former State Senator John Douglas who was the first to announce for GA-10 has withdrawn from the race.
Updated: As Buzz has noted in the comments, State Rep Bruce Williamson has decided against a run for Congress. He was talked about as a possible entry when State Senator Bill Cowsert decided not to enter the race.