Former Sen. David Perdue (R-GA) announced Tuesday that he has decided against running for a Senate seat in 2022.
What he said: Perdue said in a statement on Tuesday that opted out of a Senate race because of “personal” and not “political reasons.
“After much prayer and reflection, Bonnie and I have decided that we will not enter the race for the United States Senate in Georgia in 2022,” Perdue said.
“I am confident that whoever wins the Republican Primary next year will defeat the Democrat candidate in the General election for this seat, and I will do everything I can to make that happen. As we saw in my race in November, Georgia is not a blue state. The more Georgians that vote, the better Republicans do,” he added.
The former Senator then took a jab at the incumbent lawmakers who are representing Georgia in the Senate, Democratic Sens. John Ossoff and Raphael Warnock.
“These two current liberal US Senators do not represent the values of a majority of Georgians,” he said, adding that hopes that Georgia will “correct the inequities in our state laws and election rules so that, in the future, every legal voter will be treated equally and illegal votes will not be included.”
“I will do everything I can to be helpful in this effort … it has been the honor of my life to have represented the people of Georgia in the United States Senate … Bonnie and I want to thank my fantastic staff and everybody in the state and around the country for all the help they have given us. May God continue to bless Georgia and the United States of America,” he concluded.
— David Perdue (@Perduesenate) February 23, 2021
How we got here: Earlier this month, Perdue filed paperwork with the Federal Election Commission to establish a campaign that would have allowed him to challenge Warnock in two years, when his seat is up for re-election. Sources said at the time the former Republican lawmaker was not sure whether he wants to through with it.
In January, Perdue participated in one of the two runoff elections in Georgia after all four candidates failed to obtain more than 50% of the vote in the November elections. Both he and former Sen. Kelly Loeffler lost to their Democratic opponents, which allowed Democrats to flip the Senate with the help of Vice President Kamala Harris.
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