Another candidate yields to Whitehead in GA-10

Former Athens, Ga. Mayor Doc Eldridge (R) has decided against running in the special election in Georgia’s 10th district, leaving state Sen. Jim Whitehead (R) as the frontrunner, according to The Georgia Report, a website that covers Georgia government.

Eldridge yesterday morning told the website he would not run, becoming the third of four top Republican candidates to announce they would bypass the election, which will be held June 19 with a possible runoff set for July 17.

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 BrounPaul Collins BrounHundreds apply to fill Isakson's Senate seat in Georgia Joe Lieberman's son running for Senate in Georgia California lawmaker's chief of staff resigns after indictment MORE. 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.