Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed (D) ruled out a run for the Senate in 2014 on Monday.
"I'm just loving being mayor. I'm focused on being mayor. I think there’s some terrific candidates out there," Reed said on MSNBC on Monday. "I'm going to keep being mayor."
Reed and his staff have previously downplayed the idea that he might run for the seat, saying he's focused on his 2013 reelection, but this is the most definite statement he's made on the race since Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R-Ga.) announced he wouldn't run for another term.
Georgia Democrats believe Reed and Rep. John Barrow (D-Ga.) would be their best chances at winning a statewide election, so Reed taking his name out of contention isn't a good sign for their hopes at winning the seat.
Reed mentioned Barrow as a potentially strong contender for the race, as well as former Atlanta Chief Operating Officer Peter Aman (D) as potential candidates. Aman isn't well known statewide, and without a top-tier recruit Democrats will be hard-pressed to win in the Republican-leaning state.
A number of House Republicans are considering the race. Rep. Paul Broun (R-Ga.) has indicated he'll run, Rep. Tom Price (R-Ga.) is ramping up his fundraising ahead of a possible run, Rep. Jack Kingston (R-Ga.) is also seriously considering a bid, and Rep. Jim Westmoreland (R-Ga.) hasn't ruled one out.