Big-name Republicans are holding back rather than jumping to launch 2022 challenges to Democratic Sen. Raphael Warnock. Former President Donald Trump urging former football player Herschel Walker to run combined with Georgia Republicans evaluating which strategies could work to win the state in 2022 explain the calm before the storm.
Warnock’s 2022 election bid will be less than two years after joining the Senate as a result of a special election, and the race is set to be one of the biggest Senate battlegrounds of the midterm elections.
Yet, two of the biggest names in Georgia Republican politics have ruled out challenging Warnock. Former Republican Sen. David Purdue, despite having millions left over in his war chest from his race against Sen. Jon Ossoff, said he would not seek the seat, calling it a personal decision. Former Rep. Doug Collins, who lost a primary challenge to former Sen. Kelly Loeffler in 2020, also opted out