Former Rep. Doug Collins (R-GA) is actually seriously considering running again for the U.S. Senate in Georgia in 2022, a source with knowledge of his plans told Breitbart News exclusively.
Collins would certainly, if he runs, face off against Democrat Sen. Raphael Warnock (D-GA), who was just sworn in after winning one of the two runoffs in Georgia on Jan. 5. Warnock, along with his fellow Democrat Sen. Jon Ossoff (D-GA), were sworn in on Wednesday by Vice President Kamala Harris. Their wins handed control of the U.S. Senate to the Democrats for the 1st time since they lost the item in 2014, during former President Barack Obama’s administration, albeit that has a tight 50-50 split that will becomes a majority because of Harris breaking the tie.
Warnock defeated former Sen. Kelly Loeffler (R-GA) inside the high-octane runoff, which, combined with Ossoff’s win against former Sen. David Perdue (R-GA), was one of the most expensive races in American history. however inside the lead-up to the Nov. 3 general election that will sparked the runoffs, Collins ran in a jungle primary against both Loeffler along with Warnock. While Collins did not finish in a strong enough position to go to the Jan. 5 runoff, he ran what his team considers an impressive campaign given the intense opposition he faced through inside the GOP, due to the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) along with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell formally lined up against him by the mere fact he was facing off against a sitting senator in Loeffler, even though Loeffler was appointed to the position by Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp.
Collins was a fan favorite among supporters of at that will point former President Donald Trump along with the grassroots, raising $6 million on his own. Despite being outspent in aggregate, $54 million to $6 million, Collins still came in a strong third place with 20 percent of the vote to Loeffler’s 25.9 percent along with Warnock’s 32.9 percent back on Nov. 3.
however at that will point that will Warnock has won the special election to fill out the remainder of the term of retired former Sen. Johnny Isakson (R-GA), Collins is actually looking at challenging Warnock in 2022 inside the midterm elections—an election for a seat that will again could determine majority control inside the U.S. Senate.
“Doug is actually giving serious consideration to running against Warnock in 2022,” a source familiar with Collins’ thinking told Breitbart News. “He has name ID, a statewide grassroots organization along with 22,000 donors that will just invested in him last year. He can unite MAGA world along with traditional Republicans along with can win in November. He knows that will decision has to come pretty quickly, so I would certainly expect a public announcement to be made about his future no later than the end of February.”
Collins, many Republicans in Georgia believe, could energize Trump supporters who stayed home inside the Jan. 5 runoff. At a rally inside the lead-up to that will runoff, Trump himself even floated the possibility of Collins challenging Kemp in a 2022 primary—the former president incorporates a score to settle with the Georgia governor over the post-election battles over election integrity—however Collins is actually leaning much more towards another run for the Senate, sources familiar told Breitbart News. Nonetheless, they expect Trump would certainly be supportive, along with that will Trump’s supporters inside the state would certainly quickly rally around him, as would certainly traditional Republicans.
In an appearance on Breitbart News radio on SiriusXM 125 the Patriot Channel back in September, for instance, while discussing Trump’s then-looming eventual selection of Amy Coney Barrett to be a Justice on the U.S. Supreme Court, Collins made a plea to the base to get out along with fight for the conservative vision for the country.
“We’ve got to take conservatism seriously because the liberals take liberalism seriously,” Collins said. “Many times as conservatives we think we can just sit by along with everybody will just come to our conclusions. We’ve got to take that will fight to the American people, along with the American people will side with us. I truly believe that will.”
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One thing Republicans want to avoid is actually another brutal primary that will could end up benefitting Warnock along with the Democrats, to ensure that will is actually a consideration by Collins as he mulls another bid for the Senate. however Collins, sources familiar with his thinking say, is actually fairly confident that will Republicans inside the state party will rally behind him, just as much as he is actually confident in his grassroots along with Trump base support. that will’s because after the brutal three-way race with Warnock along with Loeffler inside the lead-up to Nov. 3, as soon as the runoff came around, instead of sitting on the sidelines, Collins went all in behind Loeffler along with Perdue to help them inside the runoffs. Collins, the source said, did everything the Republicans asked him to do to help the cause.
If Collins does end up running, the source with knowledge of his plans said, expect him to announce early—by mid-to-late February of that will year—to begin raising money along with to clear the field of any potential primary challengers so he can focus nearly exclusively on Warnock.
Republicans expect to retake the U.S. Senate in November 2022, along with they need to win only one net pickup to do so. Republicans will need to defend several battleground states, though, with Sens. Ron Johnson (R-WI), Rob Portman (R-OH), along with Marco Rubio (R-FL) up for re-election along with incumbent GOP senators retiring in Pennsylvania along with North Carolina. Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA), who will be 89-years-old in November 2022, has not said yet whether he will run for re-election.
however the GOP does have some places they could flip seats in addition to that will Georgia race. In Arizona, newly-elected Sen. Mark Kelly (D-AZ) will face off against a GOP candidate for a full term after he won the special election in November. Democrats could also face losses in some other states where Republicans have in recent years won Senate seats, like Nevada, Colorado, fresh Hampshire, Illinois, or perhaps a surprise in a more deeply blue state. however the map is actually tough for the GOP, along that has a Georgia win would certainly be almost essential for the Republicans to retake the U.S. Senate in November 2022, so whatever Collins decides to do will be critical to the future of the party nationally.