Perdue Files Paperwork Showing He Is Exploring 2022 Run

February 15, 2021 Updated: February 15, 2021

Former Sen. David Perdue (R-Ga.) filed paperwork with the Federal Election Commission (FEC) on Monday showing that he is considering a run for the U.S. Senate in 2022.

Perdue lost the 2020 election to Sen. Jon Ossoff (D-Ga.) and would be up against Sen. Raphael Warnock (D-Ga.), who defeated then-Georgia Sen. Kelly Loeffler in the same dual runoff election in early January. Warnock is up for re-election because he is serving out the term unfinished by former Sen. Johnny Isakson’s (R-Ga.).

The filing designates Perdue for Senate as the principal campaign committee and authorizes several other committees to raise and expend funds on his behalf. The designated committees include the Texas-based Cruz Senate Victory and The Founders Committee, alongside Perdue Victory Inc. and Team Perdue.

Perdue’s aides told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that he has not yet made up his mind on running but is leaning toward doing so. Perdue will make the final decision by March 1 and announce the campaign in April, according to the Journal.

President Joe Biden won Georgia by a thin margin on Nov. 3, two months before Ossoff and Warnock flipped both of the state’s Republican Senate seats in the runoff election. The victories by Ossoff and Warnock handed Democrats a slim 50-50 majority with Democratic Vice President Kamala Harris on deck to break tied votes.

Perdue served in the Senate from 2015 to 2021. Prior to his foray into politics, he was the CEO of Reebok and Dollar General. Perdue was an ally of former President Donald Trump in the Senate. He voted for Trump’s tax cuts and to repeal Obamacare.

Warnock, who served as pastor for the same Atlanta church where civil rights leader the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. preached, is Georgia’s first African American senator. He is a proponent of abortion and has been endorsed by Planned Parenthood, the largest abortion provider in the United States. He opposes the concealed carry of firearms and the death sentence.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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