Georgia is in Play Again
David Perdue, a Trump favorite, will be running against Democrat incumbent Senator Raphael Warnock in the 2022 midterms
You know that expression “you never get a second chance to make a first impression?” Well, Georgia is going to try. David Perdue, a Republican who lost a runoff election in Georgia for the Senate in January to Democrat Jon Ossoff, has filed paperwork to challenge Georgia Senator Raphael Warnock in the 2022 midterm election. Warnock had beaten Kelly Loeffler in the January 2021 runoff election for his seat.
Whew, did you follow all of that? Let’s hop into our time machine and go back to November 2020 and see if we can sort this all out.
Back in 2020, Georgia had two senate seats up for grabs. One was held by Republican David Perdue who was up for re-election. The other was held by Republican Kelly Loeffler who had been appointed in 2019 by the governor upon the resignation (for health reasons) of Republican Johnny Isakson. She ran in the 2020 general election for the opportunity to complete the term through 2022.
So many candidates were running for these two seats, that no one in either race won a majority of the vote in November, so a runoff contest was held in January 2021 between the top two finishers in each race.
David Perdue was challenged by Jon Ossoff who beat him. Kelly Loeffler was challenged by Raphael Warnock who beat her. Ossoff is serving a full 6 year term. Warnock is finishing Isakson’s term which ends in 2022. Hence, Perdue’s interest in running against Warnock in 2022 rather than waiting until 2026 when Ossoff’s term is over and trying to reclaim his old seat.
Now does it make sense?
Other than Trump’s backing in 2020 which I assume will happen again in 2022, I don’t understand why Perdue thinks that he can beat Warnock. He keeps skipping debates. There were three debates scheduled before the November election. Perdue skipped the third debate to accompany Trump on a campaign swing through Georgia because he claimed that the two debates he had already participated in were enough. There was no need for him to debate a third time.
Sounds a little cocky if you ask me.
Another debate was scheduled on December 6 for the four candidates who were running in the runoff election in January. Loeffler and Warnock had their debate. Ossoff debated an empty lectern because, once more, Perdue refused to debate.
I don’t understand why Perdue thinks that he can win the 2022 election for the open senate seat if he refuses to show up for debates. Unless, of course, he is counting on a little Trump magic.
The reason why this race is critical is because the election of Ossoff and Warner gave the Democrats control of the Senate which they are seeking to keep in the 2022 midterms. Midterm elections are notorious for changing control of the Congress as voters register their discontent with the current administration.
The Democrats have a secret weapon in Georgia: Stacey Abrams and her crusade to register voters and get them to the polls. I underestimated her influence in the 2020 election. I won’t make that mistake again. She turned Georgia blue, first for Biden and then for the Senate. I am confident that she will be working just as hard in the 2022 midterm election as she did in the 2020 general election.
If Biden is able to implement his rescue plan, his infrastructure plan, his climate plan and get ahead of the virus, Republicans may have a difficult time picking up any seats in the House and the Senate. Add in Stacey Abrams, and Perdue may be wasting his time running against Warnock despite Trump’s support.
I imagine that we will be seeing a lot of Trump in 2022 barnstorming around the country in support of the candidates that he favors as he gears up for the general election in 2024 and another run for the presidency. In Georgia he has already said that he will be supporting whoever is running against the governor, Brian Kemp.
You remember Brian Kemp, right? The governor who refused to “find” votes in Georgia for Trump? He’s up for re-election in 2022. With a target on his back courtesy of Trump.
So it makes sense that Trump would be in the state of Georgia campaigning in support of Kemp’s opponent. While there, he could easily do a few rallies in favor of Perdue against Warnock who is both Black and a Democrat which is like waving a red flag in Trump’s face.
And he’s not the only Trump who may be campaigning in 2022. His daughter-in-law, Lara, wife of son Eric, has expressed interest in running for the Senate in North Carolina. She is a native of that state. There have been rumors of her interest for some time, but they were sharpened when Senator Richard Burr voted to convict Trump of impeachment. It is likely that she will challenge him in the Republican primary for Senate in 2022.
I can’t wait for those debates, can you?
There are also rumors that Ivanka Trump may run against Senator Marco Rubio in 2022 in the Republican primary in Florida. Ivanka’s political ambitions stretch all the way to the presidency, so running for Senate in her adopted state makes sense as a springboard to the nation’s highest office.
More debates that I would like see. Ivanka vs. Liddle Marco.
The 2022 midterms could be more exciting than usual with more Trumps than usual. Better start working on your scorecard now. You’re going to need it.