Less than a month into a bid for Georgia’s 7th Congressional District seat, Republican Harrison Floyd announced on Tuesday that he would be suspending his campaign and throwing his strength behind a local Republican lawmaker.
Floyd, a Marine Corps veteran and retired MMA fighter, first publicized his intentions to run in early May, following the announcement that Rep. Rob Woodall would not seek re-election during the upcoming 2020 race.
In a statement to the Forsyth County News, Floyd said that he is pulling out of the race to support another Forsyth County legislator for the seat, state Rep. Todd Jones. Floyd said that he has confidence in Jones’ message and believes that Jones has the ability to win in a race that is packed with Republican and Democratic challengers.
“I’ve talked to Todd Jones, and he is considering running for the same reasons I am,” Floyd said. “He will have the message and the resources to win and will serve us well.”
In his statement, Floyd also didn’t discount the idea of a future campaign, stating, “I might be the guy doing this in the future but I’m getting out and putting my energy behind getting Todd to run.”
Following Floyd’s announcement on Tuesday, Jones said that he was humbled by Floyd’s endorsement of sorts.
Jones hasn’t made a decision on whether he’s running, he said, but is currently weighing “where he could do the most good” for the people he represents, whether that be locally or in the nation’s Capitol.
“Where can I make the biggest difference for the people in the district?” Jones said. “I have an obligation to the people who elected me.”
Other Republican challengers in the District 7 race include former Atlanta Falcons player Joe Profit and former Home Depot vice president Lynne Homrich.
Democrats Nabilah Islam, Marqus Cole, John Eaves, Brenda Lopez Romero and Carolyn Bourdeaux, who ran against Woodall in 2018, have also announced their intentions to run for the seat.