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David Perdue says he's considering another run for Senate in 2022
David Perdue, the former Georgia senator, says he's considering a run against Sen. Raphael Warnock in 2022."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.
- Former Georgia Sen. David Perdue said Tuesday that he won't run again in 2022, abruptly ending speculation about a potential bid that he had stoked just one week prior.
- The Republican businessman called the decision a personal one, and did not elaborate on what caused him to backtrack on a statement issued last Tuesday in which he said he was seriously considering mounting a challenge.
Former Georgia Sen. David Perdue said Tuesday that he won't run again in 2022, abruptly ending speculation about a potential bid that he had stoked just one week prior.
David Perdue files to run for 2022 Senate, exploring bid against Raphael Warnock
Former Republican Sen. David Perdue filed paperwork on Monday evening to run for Senate in 2022 and is reportedly exploring a campaign against Democratic Sen. Raphael Warnock, according to Federal Election Commission documents. © Provided by Washington Examiner The former Georgia senator lost his position during a January runoff election to Democratic Sen. Jon Ossoff, allowing Democrats to take control of the Senate. The FEC documents filed on Monday are designating a "principal campaign committee" titled: "Perdue for Senate."Aides close to Perdue said he has not decided whether to challenge Warnock next year.
The Republican businessman called the decision a personal one, and did not elaborate on what caused him to backtrack on ain which he said he was seriously considering mounting a challenge.
"I am confident that whoever wins the Republican Primary next year will defeat the Democrat candidate in the General election for this seat, and I will do everything I can to make that happen," said Perdue, who was defeated in a runoff by Democratic Sen. Jon Ossoff last month.
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Perdue filed paperwork to run on Feb. 15. The next day, he wrote on Twitter that he and his wife, Bonnie Perdue, would spend the "next few weeks" exploring their options.
Perdue on potential 2022 run: GOP must regain the Senate
Former Sen. David Perdue (R-Ga.) confirmed Monday he is mulling running for the Senate again in 2022 after he lost his seat in a January runoff. Perdue, who was defeated in his bid for a second term by now-Sen. Jon Ossoff (D), is considering challenging Sen. Raphael Warnock (D-Ga.) next year. Ossoff won a full term in January and will not be up for reelection until 2026, but Warnock won a special election to serve the remainder of former Sen. Johnny Isakson's (R) term and will have to run for a full term of his own in 2022.
Ossoff and fellow Democratic Sen. Raphael Warnock's victories in last month's races delivered Democrats 50 seats in the Senate and effective control of the upper body of Congress. The races were clouded by former President Donald Trump's baseless allegations of voting fraud in Georgia and other states.
In his statement on Tuesday, Perdue alluded to those claims. He said that he would "do everything I can to be helpful" in efforts by state lawmakers to "correct the inequities in our state laws and election rules so that, in the future, every legal voter will be treated equally and illegal votes will not be included."
Perdue's potential challenge in 2022 was expected to be against Warnock, who beat Republican Kelly Loeffler last month. Warnock is serving out the term of ex-Sen. Johnny Isakson, a Republican, who resigned in 2019 citing medical challenges.
Loeffler on Monday launched a voter registration group called "Greater Georgia." She has not ruled out running for office again.
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Two counties in Georgia are seeking to recoup attorneys' fees from former President Donald Trump and Georgia Republican Party Chairman David Shafer stemming from their lawsuit that made "frivolous" and "baseless" claims of voter fraud in Georgia's count during the presidential election, according to court filings. © Alex Wong/Getty Images U.S. President Donald Trump speaks at a campaign rally for the Republican candidates for U.S. Senate at Dalton Regional Airport January 4, 2021 in Dalton, Georgia.