Former Georgia Senator David Perdue has decided he will not run against incumbent Democrat Senator Raphael Warnock in 2022, just a week after Mr Perdue announced he had tabled documents to launch a possible new campaign.
Mr Perdue, a Republican and former businessman who lost in the January runoff to the state’s other newly elected senator Jon Ossoff, said in a statement he made the decision after “a lot of prayer and reflection” with his wife, Bonnie.
Mr Warnock defeated Kelly Loeffler, who was also an incumbent Republican, in January, winning a term that expires in January 2023. The two defeats blocked Senate control, 50-50, but effectively handed the majority to the Democrats, due to the tiebreaker. vote of Vice President Kamala Harris, who is the body president. Mr. Ossoff’s term does not expire until 2027.
“It’s a personal decision, not a political one”, Mr. Perdue written on twitter Tuesday.
He added that he was “confident” that anyone nominated by Republicans would defeat Mr Warnock, and said: “I will do whatever I can to make this happen.”
It is not known why Mr. Perdue did an about-face. His message announcing his decision not to show up clumsily stumbled against his last, posted on February 16, who said, “Bonnie and I plan to show up in 2022.”
A message to his spokesperson was not immediately returned.
Ms Loeffler and Mr Perdue tied their electoral prospects closely in the Jan.5 run-off to former President Donald J. Trump.
In his statement on Tuesday, Mr. Perdue echoed Mr. Trump’s false allegations of widespread electoral fraud in the state and called on Republican officials in Georgia to change state laws and electoral rules “so as that in the future every legal voter will be treated equally and illegal votes will not be included. “
State election officials have repeatedly said that illegal voting has no impact on the outcome of the general election in November or the January run-off.
But in his statement last week, Mr Perdue suggested he was the real winner of his race, even though his victory over Mr Ossoff last fall fell below the state’s 50% threshold. , triggering the second round in January.