“After much prayer and reflection, Bonnie and I have decided not to run for the US Senate in Georgia in 2022,” Purdue said in an email to supporters on Tuesday, adding that it was “a personal decision, not a political one.” one. “He did not further explain his decision.
Purdue vowed to do “everything he can” to ensure that Republican nominee for the race beats newly elected incumbent Senator Rafael Warnock, who said later Tuesday that he was “ready to beat whatever he has come up with.”
Leufler and former MP Doug Collins, who lost to Leufler and Warnock last year, are considering running for the Senate again.
Florida Sen. Rick Scott, chairman of the National Republican Senator Committee, told CNN he spoke to Perdue Tuesday morning and was “quite disappointed” with his decision.
“He told me it was personal,” Scott said.
A former chief executive of Reebok and Dollar General, Perdue won his first Senate race in 2014 and became one of President Donald Trump’s strongest allies in Congress. He continued to deliver aid during the coronavirus pandemic, including billions for hospitals and the creation by Congress of a Small Business Wage Protection Program, while warning voters that Osof was pursuing a “socialist program.”
But the influx of Trump’s attacks on Kemp and election officials who watched his loss in Georgia took away a potential message to Purdy and Loefler that they would keep the Senate under Republican control and serve as a test against President Joe Biden’s administration. Instead, senators joined Trump to oppose certification of the 2020 election, rejecting some potential voters.
This story was updated with additional developments on Tuesday.
Devan Cole of CNN, Manu Raju and Jeff Green contributed to this report.