Politics Perdue Changes Course, Won’t Run for U.S. Senate in Georgia in 2022
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 Senator David Perdue (R., Ga.) announced Tuesday that he will not enter the race for U.S. Senate in Georgia next year, one week after with the Federal Election Commission to be a candidate.
“This is a personal decision, not a political one,” Perdue said in a statement. “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.”
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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.
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The statement marks an aboutface from Perdue’s filing last week, which signaled he would seek redemption after losing his Senate seat to Democrat Jon Ossoff in a January runoff election. Perdue received 49.4 percent of the vote to Ossoff’s 50.6 percent.
Republicans lost both Georgia Senate seats in that race, with Democrat Raphael Warnock defeating then-Senator Kelly Loeffler for the other seat.
“As we saw in my race in November, Georgia is not a blue state,” Perdue said. “The more Georgians that vote, the better Republicans do. These two current liberal US Senators do not represent the values of a majority of Georgians.”
Warnock will be up for reelection in 2022 as he won his seat in a special election. Loeffler and former representative Doug Collins are among those eyeing a challenge.
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.
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