Politics Georgia Republican Perdue will not seek Senate return 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.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Former Republican U.S. Senator David Perdue, who lost his seat last month in a hotly contested run-off election, said on Tuesday he will not run again in 2022 against newly-elected Democratic Senator Raphael Warnock.
The 71-year-old former businessman ruled out a comeback only a week after he filed a statement of candidacy with the Federal Election Commission and said he was considering another run for the Senate.
David Perdue decides against Georgia Senate run a week after filing election paperwork
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. © 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.
"This is a personal decision, not a political one," Perdue said in a statement on Twitter. "I am confident that whoever wins the Republican primary next year will defeat the Democratic candidate in the general election for this seat."
Perdue lost to Democratic Senator Jon Ossoff on the same day that fellow Georgia Republican Senator Kelly Loeffler was defeated by Warnock, allowing Democrats to take control of the Senate for the first time since 2015.
The two Democratic Senate victories capped a seismic political shift in Georgia, a long-time Republican stronghold that Democratic President Joe Biden won in November over former President Donald Trump.
The 2020 campaign in Georgia also saw the election of hard-right Republican Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene, who had espoused the QAnon conspiracy theory.
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.
On Tuesday, Perdue dismissed Democratic victories as anomalies, saying: "Georgia is not a blue state. The more Georgians that vote, the better Republicans do."
Warnock's special election victory over Loeffler allowed him to fill the remainder of former Republican Senator Johnny Isakson's term, requiring him to face reelection in 2022. Ossoff won a full six-year term by ousting Perdue, who had been elected to the Senate in 2014.
Loeffler is considering a 2022 rematch with Warnock. So is former Republican Representative Doug Collins, who also ran for the senate in Georgia's November election that preceded the final January showdown between Warnock and Loeffler.
“I am prepared to defeat whatever Republican they come up with,” Warnock told reporters at the U.S. Capitol.
(Reporting by David Morgan; Editing by Scott Malone and Bill Berkrot)
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