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Payback: RedState's Erickson eyes challenge of no-tax flip-flopper Chambliss

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One of the nation's leading conservative pundits and media stars, RedState.com's Erick Erickson, is leaning toward a 2014 challenge to Georgia Sen. Saxby Chambliss, under fire for flip-flopping on his pledge not to raise taxes, according to sources.

"This is going to be the marquee Senate primary race of 2014," said one of those urging Erickson to enter.

On his radio broadcast Tuesday night, Erickson sounded very interested in a primary challenge and said that he was giving it "prayerful consideration."

CHAMBLISS

Some conservatives in Washington are already lining up money and staffers Erickson could call on. They compare the challenge to the two-term Chambliss to the Tea Party uprising that ended the long career of Utah Sen. Bob Bennett and propelled the primary victory of incoming Texas Sen. Ted Cruz.

"Erickson is an authentic conservative who can energize the activist base in his state and tap a national donor base. This is going to be a barn burner," said a source.

Erickson, a CNN contributor who once helped Chambliss get elected, has condemned the Republican for suggesting that he would favor raising taxes as part of a solution to the "fiscal cliff" crisis. Chambliss is one of the few Republicans who has dared to challenge the no tax pledge pushed by Grover Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform.

"We can and should make him fight for it and, the Good Lord willing, drive him from office in 2014," Erickson wrote in his RedState column Tuesday. "A conservative from metro-Atlanta could put Saxby Chambliss in peril and we should work to make that happen."

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