Perdue explores 2022 Senate runs against Warnock, files with FEC

EXCLUSIVE: Former Senator David Perdue submitted papers to the Federal Election Commission on Monday to run for Senate in 2022, Fox News has learned.

Perdue, who lost the re-election to Senator Jon Osoff, D-Ga., During Georgia’s Senate election on January 5, FEC filed paperwork Monday night, appointing a “main campaign committee” entitled: “Perdue for Senate.”

A source who was known told Fox News that Perdue would not run for his old seat as it is not up for re-election, but rather the seat now occupied by Freshman Sen.

Warnock defeated Senator Kelly Loeffler, R-Ga., Who was appointed by Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp.

Perdue has not formally announced his candidacy for 2022, but filing paperwork Monday is a key step in that direction, a well-known source tells Fox News, saying the former senator will make a final decision in the coming weeks.

The source told Fox News that Perdue is leaning towards running.

Fox News has also learned that Perdue’s filing comes as Herschel Walker’s name was increasingly mentioned in Republican circles as a potential 2022 Senate candidate in Georgia. Walker has been a big supporter of former President Trump.

Earlier this month, the former rep. Doug Collins, another key Trump supporter in Georgia and who ran in the special election in 2020 against Loeffler, also abused a bid from the 2022 Senate in the state.

“I think this will freeze the field,” said a veteran GOP strategist in Georgia about the filing of Perdue. “The field is now officially frozen until David says he is inside or is out.”

The strategist told Fox News that if Perdue ends up launching a 2022 campaign, Collins would not run.

Fox News’ Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report.

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