By Aaron Blake - 03/21/07 07:46 PM EDT
State Rep. Barry Fleming was expected to enter the race but instead endorsed Whitehead. State Sen. Ralph Hudgens, who had been the top candidate in the Athens area, dropped his bid early this month. Eldridge never said he would run but had been mulling a bid.
Other Republicans in the race include political activist Bill Greene and physician Paul Broun. Democrat Terry Holley, who ran for the seat in 2006, is also running.
The seat became vacant when Rep. Charles Norwood (R) died last month after battling cancer and lung disease.