Republican U.S. Senate candidate from Georgia Eugene Yu dropped out of the competitive race on Saturday, and joined another high profile contest for Georgia's 12th congressional district.
Yu, a South Korean immigrant and business executive, was considered an underdog in the Senate Republican primary with seven other candidates, most of whom are seasoned politicians with strong financial support.
Yu will now join Rick Allen, Delvis Dutton, and John Stone in the May primary for the Republican nomination in the 12th district, which is currently represented by Democrat John Barrow.
Barrow is a member of the Blue Dog Democrats in the House of Representatives and has a centrist voting record. His district was redrawn after the 2010 census to include more conservative areas and exclude some liberal strongholds, such as Savannah.
Since then, Barrow has been consistently named one of the most endangered Democrats in the country, yet in 2012 he beat Republican state Rep. Lee Anderson by eight points.
This year, Republicans again promise to take down the last white Blue Dog of the Deep South in 2014.
Yu is a former Richmond County fireman, deputy sheriff and the United States Army veteran. He was a co-owner and senior vice-president of the Commercial & Military Systems, Inc. for over 20 years, a military equipment refurbishment firm.
Yu came to Georgia from South Korea 42 years ago, believes in limited government, free markets, and attends Warren Baptist Church with his wife of 34 years Joni and two adult children.
Below is Yu's press release:
“I am announcing today that I am entering the race for the 12th Congressional district of Georgia.
"In early May 2013, I made the decision to enter the US Senate race because, like many of you, I was not satisfied with our politicians and what has been going on in Washington. My parents immigrated to this country over 40 years ago to this great land of opportunity. This country has allowed me to fulfill and live the American Dream. But, this American Dream has been eroding away every day because of the current political and economic environment. Collectively, our past and current politicians have brought our great nation to a breaking point and their lack of backbone has put our nation on the doorstep of financial ruin.
"This campaign has taken me all over Georgia. I have met many great people and listened to their concerns while discussing many ways to restore the American Dream. Being blessed with donors, supporters, and countless volunteers in my district, I realized that I need to give back to my home town and my district first, where it has given me the most.
"Many have tried and failed, but I know I will bring the 12th Congressional seat back into Republican hands. The people of our district deserve a true conservative representing them, and with a servant’s heart I will be that person.
"With my campaign team running on all cylinders and with the strength of our supporters across the state, I will be the hardest working candidate during this election, focusing my attention on the needs of the people of the 12th Congressional district.
"Take notice John Barrow, your career as a Washington politician is coming to an end! Washington is getting a Yu Turn!”