Niles Francis writes in his Peach State Politics Substack rumors are circulating that Commissioner of Agriculture Gary Black is eyeing a run for U.S. Senate against incumbent Democrat Raphael Warnock. Be sure to read Francis’ entire article.
Black’s name has been floated out for other offices before, so this could be the case again this time. However, as other big names decide not to run (no disrespect to King and Latham), it’s possible top Republicans are urging Black to run.
Gary Black is well liked across Georgia. In my mind he has the combination of rural authenticity and metro-Atlanta business acumen that has proven successful to many Republican state-wide candidates over the years. He would have a couple of challenges, in my opinion. Obviously, fundraising will be a challenge for anyone taking on Warnock. Warnock has proven to be a skilled fundraiser, and will have tens, perhaps, hundreds of millions of national Democratic dollars at his disposal. Another challenge for Black, while an expert on Georgia’s largest industry, is he up to speed on other issues facing Georgians? Finally, can he bridge the divide between rural and suburban Republicans?
Gary Black is an intriguing candidate for Senate. I hope the rumor he’s considering a run are true.