Georgia Republican Perdue won't run for US Senate in 2022
ATLANTA (AP) - Former Georgia Senator David Perdue said Tuesday that he would not run to win back a seat in the U.S. Senate in 2022, eight days after the defeated Republican filed campaign documents paving the way against the Democrats could have paved Senator Raphael Warnock.
"I am confident that anyone who wins the Republican primary next year will beat the Democratic candidate in the general election for that seat and I will do everything I can to achieve that," the 71-year-old said in a statement .
Perdue lost his re-election bid during a closely watched runoff last month against Democrat Jon Ossoff. Ossoff's win and Warnock's win over Senator Kelly Loeffler resulted in the Democrats taking control of the Senate for the first time since 2011.
Perdue had submitted a candidacy declaration to the Bundestag Electoral Commission on February 15.
Unlike Ossoff, who cannot be re-elected until 2026, Warnock's term will expire in two years. That's because Warnock will fill the remainder of retired Republican Senator Johnny Isakson's tenure.
Warnock, who pastored the same Atlanta church where civil rights leader Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. preached, is Georgia's first African American senator.
Perdue's decision not to run could ease the path for a number of other Republican candidates. Former U.S. Representative Doug Collins, who failed to advance to the Warnock runoff election in November after falling behind Loeffler, said he could run for the Senate in 2022 or try to knock out incumbent Republican Governor Brian Kemp. Loeffler has been raising her profile in the past few days by announcing Greater Georgia, a group to register voters, promote conservative policies and advocate restrictive election changes that Republicans believe are necessary.
Perdue is a former CEO who was elected in 2014. He was one of the main defenders of former President Donald Trump in the Senate and just fell below the 50% threshold he needed to finally defeat Ossoff on November 3rd. Perdue never directly admitted this to Ossoff, and on Tuesday reiterated the claim that his November 3 leadership was a better indication of Georgia's partisan make-up than his stabbing loss.
"As we saw in my race in November, Georgia is not a blue state," said Perdue. "The more Georgians vote, the better the Republicans are." These two currently liberal US senators do not represent the values of a majority of Georgians. "
Perdue, like Loeffler, supports a number of changes Republicans say are necessary to build trust in the electoral system after Perdue, Loeffler and Trump spent months questioning the legitimacy of President Joe Biden's November victory in Georgia.
“I hope that the Georgia General Assembly, along with our nationally elected officials, will correct the inequalities in our state laws and electoral rules so that in the future every legal voter will be treated equally and illegal votes will not be considered. "Said Perdue." I will do everything I can to help in this endeavor. "
Evidence of significant wrongdoing has never been presented, and Democrats say Republicans are trying to make it harder for people to vote in order to retain political power in the state.
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