Politics Former Senator Perdue Won’t Run Against Warnock in Georgia
'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.
(Bloomberg) -- Former Republican Senator David Perdue has decided not to run again next year against freshman Democratic Senator Raphael Warnock in Georgia as the parties vie for control of the narrowly split Senate.
Perdue, 71, had filed a statement of candidacy last week with the Federal Election Commission to challenge Warnock, 51, in the 2022 election, but announced Tuesday he and his wife, Bonnie, had decided against the effort.
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“This is a personal decision, not a political one. 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,” he said.
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.
The two Jan. 5 runoff elections gave Democrats the slimmest control of the U.S. Senate, with Perdue losing to Jon Ossoff and appointed Senator Kelly Loeffler losing to Warnock. Because Loeffler was finishing the term vacated by Johnny Isakson, Warnock is up for re-election in 2022.
The losses left the Senate split 50-50 and gave control to the Democrats with Vice President Kamala Harris able to break any ties.
Perdue had led in the first round of voting in November. He said the November result showed Georgia is not a Democratic state, and called for changes to Georgia’s election laws despite a lack of evidence of widespread voter fraud.
“I am hopeful that the Georgia General Assembly, along with our statewide elected officials, will 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,” he said.
Perdue, a former chief executive of Reebok International Ltd. and Dollar General Corp., served one term in the Senate before losing one of the most expensive Senate races in history.
Both Perdue and Loeffler had aligned themselves closely with former President Donald Trump and backed some of his baseless claims of voter irregularities.
Other Republicans could also jump into the race, including former Representative Doug Collins, who lost to the self-financed Loeffler in the first round of voting last November.
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Stacey Abrams Denounces Kelly Loeffler's New Georgia Voter Group: 'Conspiracy Theories' .
Many Republican legislatures are considering new restrictions on voting after widespread use of mail-in ballots in 2020.Loeffler was defeated by Democrat Raphael Warnock in a Senate runoff on January 6 but she did not rule out running against him again next year in an interview explaining her new organization Greater Georgia.