Former Georgia Senator David Perdue appears to be exploring a 2022 run after his recent defeat in the January 5 Georgia Senate runoff election, according to documents filed with the Federal Election Commission on Monday.
Ossoff won a full term in the Senate by unseating Perdue, however Warnock won an unique runoff election versus incumbent Republican Senator Kelly Loeffler, whose term was set to end in 2022.
According to the paperwork Perdue filed on Monday, his principal project committee for the 2022 election is called “Perdue for Senate.” Perdue has not formally announced a run for Warnock’s seat, but his Monday filing leaves that possibility on the table.
Perdue was first chosen to represent Georgia in the Senate in 2014 and ran against Ossoff in his first bid for re-election last fall. Georgia state law dictates that a candidate needs to win a minimum of 50 percent of the votes cast in an election in order to win. When neither Perdue nor Ossoff reached that goal, both prospects shifted their focus to the January 5 overflow election, which Ossoff won by about 1.2 percent.
Warnock and Loeffler also proceeded to the January 5 runoff following their electoral battle in November. Warnock eventually beat Loeffler by about 2 percent.
Prior To the Democrats’ wins in Georgia last month, Republicans held a bulk in the Senate for many years, with Senate Majority Leader McConnell acting as the chamber’s bulk leader. The wins by Ossoff and Warnock paired with President Joe Biden’s defeat of previous President Donald Trump last fall shifted the balance of power in the Senate to the Democrats for the first time given that 2015, with New York Senator Chuck Schumer now acting as majority leader.
McConnell just recently told Politico that he’s concentrated on helping his party restore control in the Senate throughout the next election cycle. A Perdue candidacy in Georgia– a state that normally leans Republican– could help McConnell in his pursuit of a Republican bulk.
” My goal is, in every method possible, to have candidates representing the Republican politician Party who can win in November,” he said. “Some of them may be individuals the former president likes. Some of them might not be. The only thing I appreciate is electability.”
Newsweek reached out to Warnock’s office for comment and will update this article with any response.
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