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Politics David Perdue says he's considering another run for Senate in 2022

23:18  16 february  2021
23:18  16 february  2021 Source:   msn.com

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  • Republican David Perdue, the former Georgia senator, says he's considering a run against Sen. Raphael Warnock, D-Ga., in 2022. Perdue filed paperwork to run on Monday.
  • In his announcement, Perdue signaled that he would seek to turn the race into a referendum on President Joe Biden and said that Georgia was "not a blue state."
  • Perdue lost a runoff against Sen. Jon Ossoff last month. His and Republican ex-Sen. Kelly Loeffler's losses gave Democrats 50 seats and effective control in the Senate.
  • "Just as my runoff election determined the majority in the US Senate, this 2022 Senate race in Georgia will also determine the majority and will be the focal race in America once again," Perdue said.
David Perdue talking on a cell phone: Senator David Perdue (R-GA) speaks during a campaign event as he runs for reelection at the Olde Blind Dog Irish Pub, in Milton, Georgia, December 21, 2020. © Provided by CNBC Senator David Perdue (R-GA) speaks during a campaign event as he runs for reelection at the Olde Blind Dog Irish Pub, in Milton, Georgia, December 21, 2020.

Former Georgia Sen. David Perdue said Tuesday that he is weighing a 2022 bid to unseat Democratic Sen. Raphael Warnock, making the announcement in a post on Twitter that suggested the Republican businessman would seek to turn the race into a referendum on President Joe Biden.

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"Today, we can already see the impending damage that America will suffer from the Biden administration," Perdue wrote, in a statement attributed to himself and his wife, Bonnie Perdue.

"Over the next few weeks, Bonnie and I will diligently consider our options about how to best serve the people of Georgia," the ex-lawmaker added.

Perdue filed paperwork for a 2022 bid on Monday. He said in his statement that doing so was "simply a necessary legal step" that will allow him to keep the option available.

Perdue and fellow Republican ex-Sen. Kelly Loeffler, also of Georgia, were defeated last month in runoff races that handed Democrats effective control of the upper body of Congress. Perdue lost to Sen. Jon Ossoff, D-Ga., while Loeffler was defeated by Warnock.

Perdue 'leaning heavily' toward challenging Warnock in Georgia

  Perdue 'leaning heavily' toward challenging Warnock in Georgia The former Georgia senator filed paperwork to run again in 2022, but an adviser says he hasn't made a final decision.Perdue lost his bid for a second term to now-Sen. Jon Ossoff in January after failing to get a majority of the vote in November. Ossoff's victory came alongside fellow Democratic Sen. Raphael Warnock, who defeated appointed GOP Sen. Kelly Loeffler in a special election. But Warnock has to run again in 2022 for a full term, and Perdue is looking seriously at challenging him.

Warnock, a pastor and the first Black senator from Georgia, is serving out the remainder of the term of ex-Sen. Johnny Isakson, a Republican who resigned in 2019 because of health concerns. As a result, Warnock will be up for re-election again in 2022, rather than after the typical six-year term for senators.

Perdue's 2020 bid for Senate was shadowed by allegations of misconduct related to his prolific stock trading.

A New York Times investigation found that Perdue's 2,596 trades in his first term accounted for nearly a third of trading by senators reported over the past six years, raising ethics concerns. Perdue denied any wrongdoing. It is not illegal for senators to trade securities.

Perdue in his statement on Tuesday, repeating a critique he frequently made from the campaign trail, said that Warnock and Ossoff are "two of the most radically liberal individuals to ever occupy a seat on the hallowed floor of the United States Senate."

Perdue files paperwork to explore 2022 Senate run

  Perdue files paperwork to explore 2022 Senate run Former Sen. David Perdue (R-Ga.) filed paperwork with the Federal Election Commission (FEC) indicating he is exploring a 2022 Senate run. Perdue, who lost his seat to Sen. Jon Ossoff (D-Ga.) in the last election, filed FEC documents to designate a "principal campaign committee" for "Perdue for Senate," signaling a possible run against Sen. Raphael Warnock (D-Ga.).Warnock defeated Sen. Kelly Loeffler (R-Ga.) in the same set of runoffs that sent Ossoff to the Senate, but will be up for reelection in 2022 because he is filling the remainder of former Sen. Johnny Isakson's (R-Ga.) term.

"They do not fairly represent most Georgians," Perdue added, citing his edge over Ossoff in the November election in which neither man received more than 50% of the vote.

Perdue received 49.7% of the vote compared to Ossoff's 47.9%, sending the contest to the runoff that Ossoff ultimately won. Ossoff defeated Perdue by a margin of 50.6% to 49.4%.

Perdue called the November general election "the best poll of where Georgia is right now" and said that "Georgia is not a blue state."

"More than 52% of Georgians rejected my opponent and the liberal Democrat agenda," Perdue wrote.

The ex-senator said it was imperative that Republicans regain a majority in the Senate "to have balanced government."

"Just as my runoff election determined the majority in the US Senate, this 2022 Senate race in Georgia will also determine the majority and will be the focal race in America once again," he said.

A spokesperson for Warnock did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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Georgia Republican Perdue will not seek Senate return in 2022 .
Georgia Republican Perdue will not seek Senate return in 2022The 71-year-old former businessman ruled out a comeback only a week after he filed a statement of candidacy with the Federal Election Commission and said he was considering another run for the Senate.

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