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Politics David Perdue decides against Georgia Senate run a week after filing election paperwork

18:26  23 february  2021
18:26  23 february  2021 Source:   cnn.com

'I don't think we have identified a problem we are trying to solve': Georgia GOP officials are rallying behind voting changes despite no evidence of mass fraud

  'I don't think we have identified a problem we are trying to solve': Georgia GOP officials are rallying behind voting changes despite no evidence of mass fraud With many voters fearful of the spread of COVID-19 at voting precincts, absentee balloting gained popularity across the country last year. However, while being interviewed for an opinion article in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, top Republicans were unable to provide concrete reasoning for the new voting proposals.Republican Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan, who last year expressed concern that the Trump campaign's election-related legal battles were hurting the party's "brand of conservatism," is opposed to ending the state's no-excuse absentee voting policy, but couldn't fully explain why new voting rules were needed.

Former Sen. David Perdue has decided against becoming a candidate in the 2022 Georgia US Senate race a week after filing paperwork with the Federal Election Commission.

ATLANTA, GA - DECEMBER 14: Sen. David Perdue (R-GA) addresses the crowd during a campaign rally at Peachtree Dekalb Airport on December 14, 2020 in Atlanta, Georgia. As early voting begins, Perdue is facing Democratic candidate Jon Ossoff in a runoff election. The results of two Georgia Senate races will determine the party that controls the majority in the U.S. Senate. (Photo by Jessica McGowan/Getty Images) © Jessica McGowan/Getty Images ATLANTA, GA - DECEMBER 14: Sen. David Perdue (R-GA) addresses the crowd during a campaign rally at Peachtree Dekalb Airport on December 14, 2020 in Atlanta, Georgia. As early voting begins, Perdue is facing Democratic candidate Jon Ossoff in a runoff election. The results of two Georgia Senate races will determine the party that controls the majority in the U.S. Senate. (Photo by Jessica McGowan/Getty Images)

"After much prayer and reflection, Bonnie and I have decided that we will not enter the race for the United States Senate in Georgia in 2022," Perdue said in an email to supporters Tuesday, adding that it's "a personal decision, not a political one." He did not further explain his decision.

David Perdue files to run for 2022 Senate, exploring bid against Raphael Warnock

  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.

Perdue said he will do "everything" he could to ensure that the Republican nominee for the race beats newly elected incumbent Sen. Raphael Warnock.

"These two current liberal US Senators do not represent the values of a majority of Georgians," Perdue said in his statement, referring to Warnock and Sen. Jon Ossoff, who defeated him and former Sen. Kelly Loeffler in the January runoff election.

A former CEO of Reebok and Dollar General, Perdue won his first Senate race in 2014 and became one of President Donald Trump's strongest allies in Congress. He ran on delivering aid during the coronavirus pandemic, including billions for hospitals and Congress' creation of the small business loan Paycheck Protection Program, while warning voters that Ossoff was pushing a "socialist agenda."

Republican Perdue eyes fresh Senate run in 2022, says Georgia 'not a blue state'

  Republican Perdue eyes fresh Senate run in 2022, says Georgia 'not a blue state' Republican Perdue eyes fresh Senate run in 2022, says Georgia 'not a blue state'Perdue narrowly lost his Senate seat in a runoff race against Democratic Senator Jon Ossoff. Ossoff and Warnock won in a political earthquake that resulted in Democrats seizing control of the Senate from the Republicans, who had held the chamber since 2015.

But he faced intense scrutiny over his multi-million-dollar stock trades made during the pandemic. Perdue said that his advisers made the transactions and pledged that they will no longer trade in individual companies. His campaign also faced backlash after he willfully mispronounced Vice President Kamala Harris' name at a rally and for a digital ad showing Ossoff's nose enlarged, an anti-Semitic trope, that his campaign said was an accident and quickly removed from Facebook.

David Perdue wearing a suit and tie © Drew Angerer/Getty Images

Stacey Abrams' Fair Fight Slams Georgia House for Passing 'Anti-Democratic' Voting Bill .
The Georgia House of Representatives passed the proposed legislation on Monday.The HB 531 bill has received extensive pushback in recent days not only from Fair Fight Action, which Abrams founded after she lost Georgia's gubernatorial race in 2018, but from other Democrats and voting rights organizations as it progressed through the state legislature. Republicans pushed the bill through the state's Republican-controlled House on Monday, sending it to the state Senate for consideration.

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