Senator Raphael Warnock, a newly-elected Democrat from Georgia, is up for re-election in 2022. Warnock narrowly won his current seat in the 2021 senatorial runoffs; however, since Warnock is finishing up the term of retired GOP Sen. Johnny Isakson, he hasn’t secured a standard six-year senatorial term.
Warnock being up for re-election means that Georgia Republicans have a shot at a re-do in 2022. Whichever Republican runs against Warnock next year carries the potential to make the Democrat’s time in D.C. as a senator very, very short.
Earlier this month, former Republican Sen. David Perdue filed the necessary paperwork with the FEC to run against Warnock in the 2022 midterm elections. However, Perdue announced on Tuesday that he will not challenge the current Democrat senator after all, Breitbart News confirms.
No Perdue vs. Warnock Senate Race
Many Georgia Republicans were excited at the prospect of Perdue making a political comeback. Yesterday, however, the businessman-turned-politician informed that he won’t be throwing his hat in the ring after all.
In a statement posted on his social media accounts, Perdue explained that he and his wife, Bonnie Perdue, made the “personal decision” not to enter the 2022 Georgia Senate race.
Perdue then stated his belief that whichever Republican winds up challenging Warnock will ultimately win; the former Republican senator also stated that he will do “everything [he] can” to ensure that a Republcian outs Warnock next year.
— David Perdue (@Perduesenate) February 23, 2021
Finally, Perdue remarked that when more Georgians vote, Republicans win elections. He then called upon Georgia elected officials and the Georgia General Assembly to fix existing “inequities” in the state’s election laws and rules.
Before stating that serving Georgians has been the “honor of [his] life,” Perdue promised that he’ll work to ensure that all legal votes are counted while illegal votes are discarded.
Who Will Challenge Raphael Warnock?
With Perdue taking himself off the list of potential Warnock challengers, the question of which Republican will run against Warnock next year remains.
There are certain reports that former Sen. Kelly Loeffler may seek a rematch against Warnock; likewise, Georgia GOP Rep. Doug Collins is viewed as a potential challenger against the Democrat senator.
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— GreaterGeorgia (@GreaterGeorgia) February 24, 2021
While Perdue won’t be on the ballot, Republicans may see him campaigning on behalf of whichever Republican winds up taking the fight to Warnock.
Which Republican do you think will run against Sen. Raphael Warnock in the Georgia 2022 senatorial race? Be sure to let us know down below in the comments section.