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Perdue Files Exploratory Challenge Papers For Potential 2022 Run Against Warnock

Barely six weeks after losing his Senate seat in Georgia’s January runoff election to Jon Ossoff, former David Perdue is already considering a 2022 comeback attempt by challenging Raphael Warnock for his seat. Warnock defeated incumbent Republican Sen. Kelly Loeffler, who was appointed to the seat by Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp following the retirement of Sen. Johnny Isakson.

On Monday, Perdue filed paperwork with the Federal Elections Committee to establish his campaign account for a potential 2022 bid. While he hasn’t made a formal announcement, a Perdue adviser said the filing was a necessary legal step, but added that the former senator is “leaning heavily toward” running again. If Perdue runs, the adviser said, he will decide by March 1, put together a campaign team, and announce a run in April.

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Several other Republicans could join the race, including Agriculture Commissioner Gary Black, Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan, and attorney Randy Evans, a former U.S. ambassador to Luxembourg with ties to Trump and ex-U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich. And along with Loeffler, Representative Doug Collins is also said to be waiting for Perdue’s decision before making any of their own.

 

While Perdue’s race with Ossoff was close, Republicans are facing a tough challenge in the 2022 midterms in the wake of the January 6th insurrection and the controversy surrounding the impeachment vote last weekend. Despite an effort from party leaders to change the narrative, the party will continue to be plagued with legal issues in Perdue’s state, which should give Warnock the advantage when campaigning for re-election.



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