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Perdue on potential 2022 run: GOP must regain the Senate

Perdue on potential 2022 run: GOP must regain the Senate
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Former Sen. David PerdueDavid PerdueGeorgia's top election official looks to shake political drama Lobbying world JPMorgan Chase CEO speaks out to defend voting rights in response to Georgia law MORE (R-Ga.) confirmed Monday he is mulling running for the Senate again in 2022 after he lost his seat in a January runoff. 

Perdue, who was defeated in his bid for a second term by Sen. Jon OssoffJon OssoffMemo to millennials: Don't be mad at us Group launches M campaign against legislators who back 'suppression of voting rights' Republicans commit to taking lowest road MORE (D-Ga.), is considering challenging Sen. Raphael WarnockRaphael WarnockGeorgia lawmaker arrested while governor signed election bill won't be prosecuted Democrats see opportunity as states push new voting rules Texas governor refuses to throw first pitch over MLB stance on Georgia MORE (D-Ga.) next year. Ossoff won a full term in January and will not be up for reelection until 2026, but Warnock won a special election to serve the remainder of former Sen. Johnny IsaksonJohnny IsaksonFive big takeaways on Georgia's new election law Warnock: 'Almost impossible to overstate' importance of voting rights legislation Top Georgia Republican says he won't run for Senate MORE’s (R-Ga.) term and will have to run for a full term of his own in 2022. 

In a statement explaining his consideration, Perdue cast both Ossoff and Warnock as radical, a common GOP attack line, and said the Georgia Senate race will likely play a crucial role for both parties in determining control of the upper chamber next year. 

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“First, Georgia is not a blue state and yet, as I write this today, the people of Georgia are represented by two of the most radically liberal individuals to ever occupy a seat on the hallowed floor of the United States Senate,” Perdue said in the statement. “They do not fairly represent most Georgians.”

“Second, we need to regain the Republican majority in the US Senate to change the direction of the country,” he continued. “Because we already have clear evidence of how radical the Biden administration will be, it is imperative that Republicans regain the majority in the US Senate in 2022 to have balanced government.”

The statement from Perdue came a day after he filed a statement of candidacy with the Federal Election Commission.

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The GOP is anticipated to heavily contest Warnock’s seat in a state where Republicans still hold significant sway. While President BidenJoe BidenFederal Reserve chair: Economy would have been 'so much worse' without COVID-19 relief bills Biden to meet Monday with bipartisan lawmakers about infrastructure Jill Biden gives shout out to Champ, Major on National Pet Day MORE won Georgia in November and Ossoff and Warnock won their Senate seats, the state still has a conservative bent. And on top of that, the party that holds the White House often loses congressional seats in the first midterm of a new administration. 

It’s not clear if Perdue would clear the GOP field if he jumped into the race, but he would likely be viewed as a top contender. His campaign had $5.7 million left over in its account after the runoff.

Other Republicans who may challenge Warnock include former Sen. Kelly LoefflerKelly LoefflerGeorgia's top election official looks to shake political drama Collins hits Warnock after All-Star Game pulled: 'Thanks for nothing' High anxiety over Trump in Georgia GOP MORE (R), whom Warnock defeated in January, and former Rep. Doug CollinsDouglas (Doug) Allen CollinsCollins hits Warnock after All-Star Game pulled: 'Thanks for nothing' High anxiety over Trump in Georgia GOP Five big takeaways on Georgia's new election law MORE (R-Ga.).

Every Senate seat will be crucial in the 2022 midterms given Democrats’ razor-thin majority. The chamber is split 50-50, and Democrats have control only because of Vice President Harris’s tiebreaking vote, meaning that a net gain of one for the GOP will win the party the majority.