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Top Georgia Republican endorses Doug Collins Senate bid

Top Georgia Republican endorses Doug Collins Senate bid
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Rep. Drew FergusonAnderson (Drew) Drew FergusonHillicon Valley: House votes to condemn QAnon | Americans worried about foreign election interference | DHS confirms request to tap protester phones House approves measure condemning QAnon, but 17 Republicans vote against it The Hill's Coronavirus Report: Fauci says focus should be on pausing reopenings rather than reverting to shutdowns; WHO director pleads for international unity in pandemic response MORE (R-Ga.) on Monday announced his support for Rep. Doug CollinsDouglas (Doug) Allen CollinsBlackPAC rolls out Senate race endorsements for the first time Republicans scramble to shore up support in Ga. as Democrats gain Democrats make gains in Georgia Senate races: poll MORE (R-Ga.) in his bid to unseat Sen. Kelly LoefflerKelly LoefflerBlackPAC rolls out Senate race endorsements for the first time Republicans scramble to shore up support in Ga. as Democrats gain Democrats make gains in Georgia Senate races: poll MORE (R-Ga.), providing Collins with a key endorsement in the heated battle over the seat formerly held by Sen. Johnny IsaksonJohnny IsaksonQAnon-promoter Marjorie Taylor Greene endorses Kelly Loeffler in Georgia Senate bid Biden up by 7 points in Georgia: survey Loeffler tweets edited video showing Trump taking down coronavirus in wrestling match MORE (R-Ga.). 

Ferguson, the House GOP’s chief deputy whip, is the first of the Georgia delegation to endorse Collins, lauding his work defending President TrumpDonald John TrumpMore than 300 military family members endorse Biden Five takeaways from the final Trump-Biden debate Biden: 'I would transition from the oil industry' MORE during the impeachment proceedings while serving as the top Republican on the House Judiciary Committee. 

“When [Speaker] Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiTrump predicts GOP will win the House Hillicon Valley: Five takeaways on new election interference from Iran, Russia | Schumer says briefing on Iranian election interference didn't convince him effort was meant to hurt Trump | Republicans on Senate panel subpoena Facebook, Twitter CEOs | On The Money: Pelosi cites progress, but says COVID-19 relief deal might be post-election | Eviction crisis sparked by pandemic disproportionately hits minorities | Weekly jobless claims fall to 787K MORE [D-Calif.], [Rep.] Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffGreenwald slams Schiff over Biden emails on Fox Hillicon Valley: DOJ accuses Russian hackers of targeting 2018 Olympics, French elections | Federal commission issues recommendations for securing critical tech against Chinese threats | House Democrats slam FCC over 'blatant attempt to help' Trump Federal commission issues recommendations for securing critical tech against Chinese threats MORE [D-Calif.] and their crazy entourage went after the President, we didn’t have to wonder where Doug Collins stood. He was on the front lines as the President’s number one defender in the entire country,” he said in a statement. 

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“He did the President and the country a great service and his arguments carried the day. We knew with absolute certainty where Doug stood from day one and we know with the same certainty where he will stand in the future. That certainty is critical in these challenging times,” he added. 

Ferguson went on to call on his colleagues to rally behind one another, taking a thinly veiled swing at Loeffler, who recently came under fire for buying and selling large quantities of stock following a classified briefing. Loeffler adamantly denies any wrongdoing, asserting her investments are managed by outside investment advisers. 

“Doug is a proven leader — a steady hand in tough times. He knows what it takes to lead. Right now, we have lives and businesses and an economy to save and we don’t need anything to take our focus off of that mission,” Ferguson continued in his statement.  

“Georgia Republicans need to unify behind Doug and leave the distractions and uncertainty of other candidates in the rearview mirror. Doug Collins is my friend and he’s done a great job for Georgia in Congress. He will be an outstanding Senator and he has my full support in his campaign,” he added.

Collins announced his decision to challenge Loeffler — who was appointed by Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp (R) to fill Isakson’s seat after he stepped down at the end of last year due to a series of health issues — in January, sparking strong intraparty tensions. 

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Both candidates have received high-profile endorsements, with Collins receiving support from House Freedom Caucus Chairman Andy Biggs (R-Ariz.), American Conservative Union Chairman Matt Schlapp, Fox News host Sean HannitySean Patrick HannityBiden: Johnson should be 'ashamed' for suggesting family profited from their name Trafalgar chief pollster predicts Trump victory: Polls 'predominantly missing the hidden vote' Trump, Biden dial up efforts to boost early voter turnout in Florida MORE and conservative radio host Mark LevinMark Reed LevinJudicial interference and the coming constitutional crisis Dwayne Johnson touts surge in Instagram followers after his Biden endorsement: 'Always speak your truth' Ted Cruz hits Fox's Wallace for 'train wreck' debate, pitches new idea for moderators MORE

Loeffler has received the backing of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellMcConnell says 'no concerns' after questions about health Overnight Health Care: Trump says he hopes Supreme Court strikes down ObamaCare | FDA approves remdesivir as COVID-19 treatment | Dems threaten to subpoena HHS over allegations of political interference at CDC The Hill's Campaign Report: Trump, Biden face off for last time on the debate stage MORE (R-Ky.), Sens. Marsha BlackburnMarsha BlackburnSenate Judiciary to vote on subpoena for Twitter CEO next week Government efforts to 'fix' social media bias overlooks the destruction of our discourse Trump faces unusual barrier to COVID-19 aid: GOP allies MORE (R-Tenn.), Tom CottonTom Bryant CottonCotton mocks NY Times over claim of nonpartisanship, promises to submit op-eds as test Barrett fight puts focus on abortion in 2020 election COVID outbreak threatens GOP's Supreme Court plans MORE (R-Ark.) and Deb FischerDebra (Deb) Strobel FischerGOP senators pan debate: 'S---show,' 'awful,' 'embarrassment' Hillicon Valley: Election officials prepare for new Russian interference battle | 'Markeyverse' of online fans helps take down a Kennedy | GOP senators unveil bill to update tech liability protections Google, Apple, eBay to meet virtually with lawmakers for tech group's annual fly-in MORE (R-Neb.) and the National Republican Senatorial Committee, among others. 

Collins thanked Ferguson for his endorsement, saying he’s “honored and humbled” to receive his support. 

“It means more to me than I can express that Drew is standing by my side in this campaign. He is an indispensable leader in the fight for the President’s agenda, a tireless champion for his district and a very good friend,” he said in a statement.  

“Drew’s rapid rise to a leadership position came due to his smarts, hard work and ability to serve as an honest broker between all the disparate views held in the House Chamber. I will lean on his wisdom during this campaign as I do in Washington,” he added.