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Wednesday, April 21, 2010 - 4:26am

Thurmond In For U.S. Senate Run

Michael Thurmond says Washington and Wall Street have conspired against middle-class families. Using that theme as a backdrop, Georgia’s Labor Commissioner today announced he’s in for a run at the U.S. Senate.

The Democrat and one of Georgia’s most prominent African-American politicians hopes to battle Republican incumbent Johnny Isakson in the fall after primary elections.

Thurmond, an Athens-native, told a state Capitol crowd he can win a race in a state that leans conservative.

"In so-called 'red state Georgia’, Michael Thurmond has been elected and re-elected time again, and I believe the people of Georgia will look at the candidates and make the choice on who they believe the best qualified candidate is when the time comes.”

Thurmond joins R.J. Hadley as announced Democrats in the U.S. Senate race.

Isakson’s campaign says the Republican has raised $7 million, and expects to have $5 million cash-on-hand by the end of this month.

Thurmond has served three terms as labor commissioner. Before that he served as a state lawmaker and head of the state's Department of Family and Children's Services.

Isakson recently returned to the campaign trail after being hospitalized for a bacterial infection and an irregular heartbeat.

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