The former senator David perdueDavid Perdue Loeffler Leaves Door Open to 2022 Rematch Against Warnock Trump, Ready to Make McConnell Perdue’s Life Miserable in Possible Race in 2022 – GOP Must Regain Senate MORE (R-Ga.) He ruled out a Senate run in next year’s midterm elections on Tuesday, easing concerns of a potentially contentious Republican primary in 2022.
In an email to supporters, Perdue said his decision to resign from another Senate campaign was more “personal” than political. But the announcement came a day after the former senator. Kelly loefflerKelly Loeffler Loeffler Leaves Door Open to 2022 Rematch Against Warnock Perdue in Possible 2022 Race – Republican Party Must Retrieve Paperwork from Senate Perdue Archives to Explore 2022 Senate Race MORE (R-Ga.) He opened the door to a rematch against Sen. Raphael warnockRaphael Warnock Loeffler leaves the door open to the 2022 rematch against Warnock Garland expected to become Biden’s AG after a high court heist Conservative groups seek to bolster opposition to Biden’s HHS pick MORE (D-Ga.) In 2022.
“After much prayer and reflection, Bonnie and I have decided that we will not participate in the race for the United States Senate in Georgia in 2022,” said Perdue. “This is a personal decision, not a political one. I am sure that whoever wins the Republican primary next year will defeat the Democratic candidate in the general elections for this seat, and I will do everything possible to make that happen. ”
“As we saw in my career in November, Georgia is not a blue state. The more Georgians vote, the better Republicans will do. These two current US liberal senators do not represent the values of the majority of Georgians. “
Perdue’s announcement came just a week after he confirmed that he was mulling over a 2022 campaign against Warnock after losing a Jan.5 runoff to the senator. Jon ossoffJon Ossoff Loeffler leaves the door open to the 2022 rematch against Warnock Garland expected to become Biden’s AG after a high court heist Conservative groups seek to bolster opposition to Biden’s HHS election (D-Ga.). Warnock also won his seat on January 5 after defeating Loeffler in a simultaneous electoral runoff.
With Warnock and Ossoff’s two victories last month, Democrats gained control of both Georgia Senate seats for the first time in nearly two decades and won a majority in the upper house.
But Perdue was not the only ex-Republican legislator considering a 2022 comeback. Loeffler told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution in an interview published Monday that a rematch with Warnock is “certainly on the table.”
Former Rep. Doug collinsDouglas (Doug) Allen Collins Loeffler Leaves Door Open To Rematch In 2022 Against Warnock On The Trail: Trump Threatens To Cut Tea Party Perdue In Possible Race In 2022: Republican Party Must Regain Senate MORE (R-Ga.), Who unsuccessfully challenged Loeffler in 2020, is also said to be considering running for Warnock’s job.
Republicans, however, are eager to avoid a contentious primary in 2022 after a bitter fight between Loeffler and Collins last year that allowed Warnock to emerge relatively unscathed in the general election. In his interview with the Journal-Constitution, Loeffler warned that a brutal Republican primary would only help Democrats.
“I appreciate Doug’s service to our country. I appreciate your work on our second round. I beat Doug by 6 points in the general election, ”Loeffler told the newspaper. “But the result is what happens when Republicans team up with Democrats in attacking other Republicans.”
“It doesn’t end well for Republicans and it hurt us from top to bottom,” he added. “My focus is on the lessons learned. We need to make sure that together we move forward and strengthen our party, we do not destroy it. “