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Friday, January 11, 2013 - 1:19pm

Reed Hints At Statewide Plans

Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed is hinting about running for a statewide office.

Reed already has support outside the Metro region but first has to win re-election.

Reed told reporters at an Atlanta Press Club meeting this week that he wants to finish being mayor "and then I've some other plans."

Morris News Service reports, the Mayor wouldn't be pinned down on his ideas but did say a black Democrat running statewide isn't a hopeless cause.

Savannah political consultant Dave Simons says Reed is no stranger here and has campaigned for Savannah harbor deepening and an Atlanta-to-Savannah high-speed rail link.

"He seems to be doing a very, very good job of cultivating statewide relationships with the business community," Simons says. "And that cannot hurt his decision if he wants to run statewide."

Simons says Reed would be the front-runner in any Democratic primary but would have a harder time in a general election.

The Atlanta-based online publication the Saporta Report says the mayor goes into his re-election campaign this year with more than $1.2 in campaign cash.