Former U.S. Senator David Perdue filed campaign paperwork Monday signaling his intention to challenge Democratic incumbent, Senator Reverend Raphael G. Warnock in the 2022 midterm election.
The decision, first reported by Fox News, was viewed as a first step in the Republican Party’s effort to try to reclaim one of the Senate seats lost in Georgia’s historic runoff elections on Jan. 5.
Perdue famously lost his re-election campaign against Jon Ossoff on January 6th, after a contentious general election and runoff campaign. Because Ossoff is serving a six-year term in U.S. Congress’s upper chamber.
Perdue said in a statement at the time, “Although we won the general election, we came up just short of Georgia’s 50% rule, and now I want to congratulate the Democratic Party and my opponent for this runoff win.”
“Bonnie and I will continue to pray for our wonderful state and our great country. May God continue to bless Georgia and the United States of America.”
Warnock’s term expires in two years because the Reverend is filling the remainder of retired Republican Sen. Johnny Isakson’s term.
According to a filing with the FEC in late January, Perdue had $5.7 million left over weeks after the runoff.
Tuesday, Perdue said in a statement, “First, Georgia is not a blue state,” he wrote, adding with some hyperbole, “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.”
Georgia will once again be a battleground state in 2022 as the Senate is split 50-50. Vice President Kamala Harris has the tie-breaking vote.
The winner of the 2022 race will serve a full six-year term.