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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 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.) in his challenge to Sen. Kelly LoefflerKelly LoefflerA proposal to tackle congressional inside trading: Invest in the US NBA names Obama alum to be director for social justice initiatives Georgia's top election official looks to shake political drama 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 TrumpDC goes to the dogs — Major and Champ, that is Biden on refugee cap: 'We couldn't do two things at once' Taylor Greene defends 'America First' effort, pushes back on critics 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.

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Loeffler, a wealthy businesswoman who was appointed by Gov. Brian Kemp (R) last year to fill 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.) seat, has garnered the support of the National Republican Senatorial Committee and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellGOP acknowledges struggle to bring down Biden Pew poll: 50 percent approve of Democrats in Congress Pelosi on power in DC: 'You have to seize it' 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 MeadowsBoehner finally calls it as he sees it Stephen Miller launching group to challenge Democrats' policies through lawsuits A year with the coronavirus: How we got here 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 Blackburn2024 GOP White House hopefuls lead opposition to Biden Cabinet Blackburn introduces bill to require migrant DNA testing at border Bottom line MORE (R-Tenn.), Tom CottonTom Bryant CottonHillicon Valley: Biden administration sanctions Russia for SolarWinds hack, election interference The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Tax March - CDC in limbo on J&J vax verdict; Rep. Brady retiring Republican lawmakers reintroduce bill to ban TikTok on federal devices MORE (R-Ark.) and Deb FischerDebra (Deb) Strobel FischerMcCarthy and Biden haven't spoken since election Against mounting odds, Biden seeks GOP support for infrastructure plan The Hill's 12:30 Report: Biden meets with bipartisan lawmakers for infrastructure negotiations 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.