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Vanquished Senator Eyes a Comeback

Georgia's David Purdue has filed campaign paperwork to explore what looks to be a tight race
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 16, 2021 1:01 AM CST

(Newser) – David Perdue lost his Senate seat to Democrat Jon Ossoff in the January 5 Georgia runoff election, but the Republican may very well be back. On Monday, he filed campaign paperwork to explore a 2022 run, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. He'd be running against Sen. Raphael Warnock, though, the Democrat who beat another former GOP senator, Kelly Loeffler, in a bid to finish out the remaining two years of retired Republican Johnny Isakson’s term. Warnock will be up for re-election to a full six-year term in 2022, and Loeffler is also reportedly considering running against him again in that race.

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As is former US Rep. Doug Collins, who battled it out with Loeffler to face Warnock in the January runoff, and quite a few other fairly well-known names. (More on the 2022 "mess" in Georgia here.) Loeffler and Collins are reportedly waiting to see what Perdue decides, and others likely are as well: "I think this would freeze the field," a veteran GOP strategist in Georgia tells Fox News. "The field is now officially frozen until David says he’s in or he’s out." A senior Perdue adviser says the former senator is "leaning heavily toward" a 2022 run, will decide by March 1, and will announce by April if the decision is yes. Politico notes that if it is, Perdue will start with $5.7 million already in his campaign account; that's how much was left over after the runoff. (Read more David Perdue stories.)

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