Georgia Republican David Perdue has announced he will not be running for U.S. Senate again in 2022.
“This is a personal decision, not a political one,” Perdue said in a statement on Tuesday. “I am confident that whoever wins the Republican primary next year will defeat the Democrat candidate in the general election for this seat, and I will do everything I can to make that happen.”
Perdue’s statement comes roughly a week after he filed paperwork to run against Senator Raphael Warnock, one of the two newly elected Democratic senators from the Peach State. Perdue wrote on Twitter that he filed the paperwork as “a necessary legal step” in order to keep his options open.
Perdue lost his Senate seat to Democrat Jon Ossoff in an unprecedented double runoff election in January. His Republican colleague Kelly Loeffler also lost her seat in the chamber, to Warnock.
“These two current liberal U.S. senators do not represent the values of a majority of Georgians,” Perdue asserted in his statement.
This is a developing story and will be updated with more information as it becomes available.