Perdue files paperwork to explore 2022 Senate run

Perdue files paperwork to explore 2022 Senate run
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Former Sen. David PerdueDavid PerdueKemp leading Perdue in Georgia gubernatorial primary: poll Perdue tests positive for COVID-19, campaign says Perdue proposes election police force in Georgia MORE (R-Ga.) filed paperwork with the Federal Election Commission (FEC) indicating he is exploring a 2022 Senate run. 

Perdue, who lost his seat to Sen. Jon OssoffJon OssoffPerdue tests positive for COVID-19, campaign says Missouri Senate candidate says Congress members should go to jail if guilty of insider trading Perdue proposes election police force in Georgia MORE (D-Ga.) in the last election, filed FEC documents to designate a “principal campaign committee” for “Perdue for Senate,” signaling a possible run against Sen. Raphael WarnockRaphael WarnockWarnock outraises Walker in Georgia Senate race Herschel Walker reports .4M raised in latest quarter for Senate bid Senate Democrats urge Biden to get beefed-up child tax credit into spending deal MORE (D-Ga.).

Warnock defeated Sen. Kelly LoefflerKelly LoefflerThese Senate seats are up for election in 2022 Eleven interesting races to watch in 2022 Democrats' selective hearing on law and order issues puts everyone at risk MORE (R-Ga.) in the same set of runoffs that sent Ossoff to the Senate, but will be up for reelection in 2022 because he is filling the remainder of former Sen. Johnny IsaksonJohnny IsaksonThese Senate seats are up for election in 2022 Schumer makes plea for voting bill, filibuster reform in rare Friday session Jan. 6 brings Democrats, Cheneys together — with GOP mostly absent MORE's (R-Ga.) term.

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Aides to Perdue told Fox News and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that Perdue has not made a decision on whether to take on Warnock. But sources told both outlets that he was leaning toward launching a campaign. 

Perdue will make a decision on whether to run by March 1 and announce his campaign in April, an adviser told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. 

Sources told the Atlanta newspaper that Loeffler and former Rep. Doug CollinsDouglas (Doug) Allen CollinsJan. 6 panel releases contempt report on Trump DOJ official ahead of censure vote Lobbying world Sunday shows preview: Biden administration confronts inflation spike MORE (R-Ga.) are also considering running against Warnock, but both are reportedly awaiting Perdue’s decision on whether to jump in the race.

Perdue and Loeffler lost their Senate seats last month after a contentious runoff race against Ossoff and Warnock, respectively, switching Georgia’s two senators from being both Republican to both Democratic. 

The wins came after President BidenJoe BidenNorth Korea conducts potential 6th missile test in a month Clyburn predicts Supreme Court contender J. Michelle Childs would get GOP votes Overnight Defense & National Security — US delivers written response to Russia MORE narrowly won the state, as the first Democratic presidential candidate to win Georgia since 1992, hinting at Georgia’s potentially purple or blue status. 

Perdue served one term in the Senate starting in 2015.