Loeffler meets with McConnell amid speculation of another Senate run

Former Sen. Kelly LoefflerKelly LoefflerHarris's bad polls trigger Democratic worries Schumer, Tim Scott lead as Senate fundraising pace heats up Trump says Herschel Walker will enter Georgia Senate race MORE (R-Ga.) met with Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Biden sets new vaccine mandate as COVID-19 cases surge Democrats warn shrinking Biden's spending plan could backfire Trump takes two punches from GOP MORE (R-Ky.) on Wednesday amid speculation that she could mount another bid against Sen. Raphael WarnockRaphael WarnockHarris's bad polls trigger Democratic worries ObamaCare 2.0 is a big funding deal Kaseya ransomware attack highlights cyber vulnerabilities of small businesses MORE (D-Ga.) next year.

The meeting, first reported by CNN and confirmed to The Hill by a person familiar, comes after Loeffler in February said a 2022 bid against Warnock is “certainly on the table.”

Loeffler was ousted from her Senate seat in January after Warnock won a runoff race by a narrow 2 points. She served in the Senate for slightly more than a year after replacing former Sen. Johnny IsaksonJohnny IsaksonCritical race theory becomes focus of midterms Former Georgia ethics official to challenge McBath Loeffler meets with McConnell amid speculation of another Senate run MORE (R-Ga.) in late 2019.

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Warnock is on the ballot again in 2022, when he will vie for a full six-year term.

Asked by CNN on Wednesday about another Senate run, Loeffler said, “I haven’t ruled it out.” 

And asked why she was meeting with McConnell, she told the network, “I’m updating the leader on the situation in Georgia.”

Eyes are on Loeffler to see if she ultimately decides to take on Warnock, especially after two top-tier potential candidates, former Sen. David PerdueDavid PerdueLoeffler meets with McConnell amid speculation of another Senate run Georgia agriculture commissioner launches Senate campaign against Warnock Georgia Republican secretary of state hits Loeffler as 'weak,' 'fake Trumper' MORE (R-Ga.) and former Rep. Doug CollinsDouglas (Doug) Allen CollinsLoeffler meets with McConnell amid speculation of another Senate run Georgia agriculture commissioner launches Senate campaign against Warnock Poll shows tight GOP primary for Georgia governor MORE (R-Ga.), ruled out launching their own bids.

The most prominent GOP challenger currently in the race is Georgia Agriculture Commissioner Gary Black (R), who launched his candidacy earlier this month.

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Military veterans Kelvin King and Latham Saddler are also running in the Republican primary.

Former President TrumpDonald TrumpMeghan McCain: Democrats 'should give a little credit' to Trump for COVID-19 vaccine Trump testing czar warns lockdowns may be on table if people don't get vaccinated Overnight Health Care: CDC details Massachusetts outbreak that sparked mask update | White House says national vaccine mandate 'not under consideration at this time' MORE, however, is pushing his own candidate to jump into the race: retired NFL star Herschel Walker.

In March, Trump in a statement said it would be "fantastic" if Walker ran for Senate in Georgia.

“He would be unstoppable,” Trump wrote, adding, “He is also a GREAT person. Run, Herschel, run!”

Republicans are especially enthusiastic about taking down Warnock after they lost control of the upper chamber in January following two special elections in the Peach State.

Max Greenwood contributed to this report.