Will Chambliss Retirement Lead to Herman Cain Senate Run?

Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R-GA) will announce Friday morning that he won't run for a third Senate term in 2014, according to Atlanta Journal-Constitution columnist Jim Galloway.

According to Galloway, Chambliss broke the news to his senior staff this morning.

Back in December, Public Policy Polling (PPP) noted Chambliss was very vulnerable to a primary challenger, noting just 38 percent of GOP primary voters said they wanted him to be their nominee.

Chambliss was among the first to publicly break with Grover Norquist's anti-tax pledge, and voted for the deal that avoided the "fiscal cliff." Chambliss was also a member of the so-called "Gang of Six," a bipartisan group of senators who have a goal of crafting a long-term deficit reduction plan.

"I care more about my country than I do about a 20-year-old pledge," Chambliss told Atlanta station WMAZ back in November.

While George Congressmen Phil Gingrey and Tom Graves are almost certain to entertain a run, PPP noted the politician who posed the greatest threat to Chambliss, and could win the Senate seat in his absence, is former Presidential candidate Herman Cain. Cain had a 68 percent favorability rating with GOP primary voters in Georgia, with only 20 percent giving him an unfavorable rating.

Cain did tell The Daily Caller back in November that he didn't intend to run for Senate, and wanted to focus on "...exposing the economic pain and suffering to come from a second Obama term." But now that Chambliss has pulled out, he just may want to take a stab at becoming the next Senator of Georgia-Georgia-stan-stan.

Cain did run for U.S. Senate in 2004, coming in second in the GOP primary to then-Rep. Johnny Isakson with 26.2 percent of the vote. As David Weigel of Slate noted, it was the only election Cain actually stuck it through to the end.

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