Politics Perdue rules out Georgia Senate comeback in 2022
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.
Former Republican Sen. David Perdue will not run for Senate in 2022, he said in a statement Tuesday, ruling out another campaign in Georgia less than two months after losing a runoff election for a second term.
The decision comes just a week after Perdue filed a statement of candidacy with the Federal Election Commission and said publicly that he was considering another campaign in 2022. Democratic Sen. Raphael Warnock, who won a special election against former GOP Sen. Kelly Loeffler in January, is on the ballot again next year for a full term.
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.
"This is a personal decision, not a political one," Perdue said in the statement announcing that he would not run. "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."
Perdue lost to now-Democratic Sen. Jon Ossoff by a percentage point in January as Warnock defeated Loeffler. Ossoff won a full six-year term, while Warnock won the race to fill the remainder of former Sen. Johnny Isakson's term. Georgia is one of Republicans' top targets as they seek to win back the Senate majority in 2022.
Loeffler has said that she is considering another campaign, and she started a new political organization this week aimed to help boost Republicans in the state. Former Rep. Doug Collins, who came in third place in November in the Senate special election, has also said that he's considering challenging Warnock next year.
If the US boycotts the 2022 Olympics, it should also skip the 2022 FIFA World Cup .
Former United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley recently joined a growing list of Republican lawmakers who want the United States to boycott the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing. © Provided by Washington Examiner Haley's opposition to the games is not only justified but something other countries would be smart to follow. “President Xi Jinping wants the propaganda boost of the games,” she wrote in an op-ed. “He remembers well the widespread praise China received after hosting the Summer Olympics in 2008.