Former senator David PerdueDavid PerdueLoeffler leaves door open for 2022 rematch against Warnock Trump set to make McConnell’s life miserable Lost in potential run in 2022: GOP must regain Senate MORE (R-Ga.) On Tuesday ruled out a Senate candidacy in next year’s midterm elections, which somewhat allayed fears of a potentially controversial Republican primary in 2022.
In an email to supporters, Perdue said her decision to forgo another Senate campaign was “personal” rather than political. But the announcement came a day after the former senator. Kelly loefflerKelly Loeffler Loeffler leaves door open for 2022 rematch against Warnock Lost on potential 2022 race: GOP must regain lost Senate paperwork to explore 2022 Senate race MORE (R-Ga.) Opened the door to a rematch against Sen. Raphael warnockRaphael WarnockLoeffler leaves door open for 2022 rematch against Warnock Garland set to become Biden GA after high court heist Conservative groups seek to bolster opposition to Biden’s choice HHS PLUS (D-Ga.) In 2022.
“After much prayer and thought, Bonnie and I have decided not to compete in the US Senate race in Georgia in 2022,” said Perdue. “It’s a personal decision, not a political one. I have no doubts that whoever wins the Republican Primary next year will beat the Democratic general election candidate for that seat, and I will do everything I can to make that happen.
“As we saw during my run in November, Georgia is not a blue state. The more Georgians who vote, the better the Republicans. These two current liberal US senators do not represent the values of a majority of Georgians.
Perdue’s announcement came just a week after he confirmed he was considering a 2022 campaign against Warnock after losing the Jan.5 runoff to the senator. Jon OssoffJon OssoffLoeffler leaves door open for 2022 rematch against Warnock Garland set to become Biden GA after high court heist Conservative groups seek to strengthen opposition to Biden’s choice HHS PLUS (D-Ga.). Warnock also won his seat on January 5 after defeating Loeffler in a concurrent second round.
With Warnock and Ossoff’s double wins last month, Democrats seized control of both Georgia Senate seats for the first time in nearly two decades and effectively captured a majority in the Upper House.
But Perdue wasn’t the only former Republican lawmaker weighing a comeback in 2022. Loeffler told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution in an interview published Monday that a rematch with Warnock was “certainly on the table.”
Former representative Doug collinsDouglas (Doug) Allen Collins Loeffler leaves door open for 2022 revenge against Warnock On The Trail: Trump threatens Tea Party redux Lost on potential 2022 run: GOP must regain Senate MORE (R-Ga.), Who challenged Loeffler unsuccessfully in 2020, is also reportedly considering running for the seat of Warnock.
Republicans, however, are eager to avoid a controversial primary in 2022 after a bitter fight between Loeffler and Collins last year that kept Warnock relatively unscathed in the general election. In his interview with the Journal-Constitution, Loeffler warned that a brutal GOP primary would only help Democrats.
“I appreciate Doug’s service to our country. I appreciate his 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 to attack other Republicans.”
“It doesn’t end well for Republicans, and it hurt us at all levels,” she added. “I focus on the lessons learned. We need to make sure that together we move forward and strengthen our party, without tearing it apart.