House Freedom Caucus chairman endorses Collins's Georgia Senate bid

House Freedom Caucus chairman endorses Collins's Georgia Senate bid
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Rep. Andy Biggs (R-Ariz.), the chairman of the House Freedom Caucus, endorsed Rep. Doug CollinsDouglas (Doug) Allen CollinsLobbying world Sunday shows preview: Biden administration confronts inflation spike Jan. 6 panel weighs contempt charges for former Trump DOJ official Clark MORE (R-Ga.) in his challenge to Sen. Kelly LoefflerKelly LoefflerSenate GOP worries Trump could derail bid for majority Perdue mulling primary challenge against Kemp in Georgia: report McConnell backs Herschel Walker in Georgia Senate race MORE (R-Ga.) on Monday, providing Collins with key conservative backing in the heated intraparty fight.

“I am pleased to support my good friend and freedom fighter, Congressman Doug Collins, for the office of Senator for the great state of Georgia,” Biggs said in his endorsement, Fox News first reported.

Biggs — the leader of one of the most influential conservative groups in the House — has worked closely with Collins, who served as the top Republican on the House Judiciary Committee during the impeachment proceedings. Collins is slated to step down from his ranking member position on the panel in the coming days.

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Collins, one of President TrumpDonald TrumpJan. 6 panel faces double-edged sword with Alex Jones, Roger Stone Trump goes after Woodward, Costa over China Republicans seem set to win the midterms — unless they defeat themselves MORE’s most vocal defenders in the lower chamber, thanked Biggs and highlighted the endorsement on his Twitter account.

“.@andybiggs4az, Chairman of the Freedom Caucus is one of the true champions in D.C. fighting to cut our national debt, a relentless defender of President Trump, and a great friend. I am honored to have his support in this race for the Senate! #gapol #gasen,” he tweeted.

Loeffler, a wealthy businesswoman who was appointed by Gov. Brian Kemp (R) last year to fill former Sen. Johnny IsaksonJohnny IsaksonHerschel Walker calls off fundraiser with woman who had swastika in Twitter profile Georgia reporter says state will 'continue to be a premier battleground' Critical race theory becomes focus of midterms MORE's (R-Ga.) seat, has garnered the support of the National Republican Senatorial Committee and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellRepublicans seem set to win the midterms — unless they defeat themselves Graham emerges as go-to ally for Biden's judicial picks Five reasons for Biden, GOP to be thankful this season MORE (R-Ky.) and has been working to prove her conservative credentials.

Since taking office, she has hired a number of staffers from conservative offices — including a top aide who worked for former House Freedom Caucus Chairman Mark MeadowsMark MeadowsRepublicans seem set to win the midterms — unless they defeat themselves Jan. 6 organizers used burner phones to communicate with White House: report Trump allies leaning on his executive privilege claims MORE (R-N.C.). She has also met with key outside groups, with a number of them announcing their support for her bid, and has received endorsements from conservative colleagues in the upper chamber including Sens. Marsha BlackburnMarsha BlackburnChina draws scrutiny over case of tennis star Peng Shuai Sunday shows preview: Boosters open to all US adults; House Dems pass spending plan on to Senate Photos of the Week: President Biden, Kenosha protests and a pardon for Peanut Butter MORE (R-Tenn.), Tom CottonTom Bryant CottonGraham emerges as go-to ally for Biden's judicial picks China draws scrutiny over case of tennis star Peng Shuai Biden says he's 'considering' a diplomatic boycott of Beijing Olympics MORE (R-Ark.) and Deb FischerDebra (Deb) Strobel FischerOvernight Defense & National Security — A new plan to treat Marines 'like human beings' Republicans press Milley over perceived progressive military agenda Senate Republicans raise concerns about TSA cyber directives for rail, aviation MORE (R-Neb.).

Trump previously lobbied Kemp to appoint Collins to the seat in November, but the Georgia governor ultimately opted to select Loeffler. The president has since publicly praised Loeffler following her vote on impeachment.

Sources close to the president said it’s unlikely Trump will get involved in the race, despite his close working relationship with Collins.

"I don't think he does," said one GOP member when asked if Trump will endorse at all.

—Updated at 6:43 p.m.