Last week, it appeared that former Sen. David Perdue (R) was preparing to challenge Sen. Raphael Warnock (D) in 2022 when last November’s special election winner stands for a full six-year term. Saying it is a personal and not a political decision, Mr. Perdue indicated yesterday that he will not re-enter the political arena.
The former Senator leaves a wide-open Republican nomination battle in his wake, which could include former Sen. Kelly Loeffler, ex-Representative and 2020 Senate candidate Doug Collins, Attorney General Chris Carr, and former US Ambassador Randy Evans, among others.
There are 15 candidates on the jungle primary ballot attempting to succeed resigned Rep. Cedric Richmond (D-New Orleans) in the March 20th special election, but one contender, state Sen. Troy Carter (D-New Orleans), who already has former Rep. Richmond’s endorsement, attracted an interesting supporter yesterday. Jefferson Parish President Cynthia Lee Sheng added her name to Sen. Carter’s endorsement list. What makes her unique is that she a Republican, meaning cross-party confirmation.
While Ms. Sheng may not help Sen. Carter in a typical Democratic primary, the jungle primary where all voters participate, is a different story. This could be a very significant support development if Sen. Carter advances to a runoff election with another Democrat, which is a likely scenario.
State Sen. Darren Bailey (R-Louisville/ southeastern Illinois), an outspoken opponent of the Illinois pandemic shutdown requirements, announced that he will enter the Republican gubernatorial primary next year. The chances of any Republican ousting Gov. J.B Pritzker (D) are slim, and while Sen. Bailey may have the opportunity of doing well in the GOP primary, he appears to face a very uphill climb in the general election.
Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley (D) is ineligible to seek re-election in the May 4th non-partisan primary, and nine contenders had filed to run. The list was reduced to eight yesterday, however, as City Councilman Wendell Young was disqualified for submitting an inadequate number of valid petition signatures.
Former New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn (D), who many believed would enter the race to succeed term-limited Mayor Bill de Blasio (D), said yesterday that she will not. The field of candidates is already large, ten announced contenders, with at least four in strong position.
At this point, former presidential candidate Andrew Yang, Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams, NYC Comptroller Scott Stringer, and former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan appear to comprise the top tier of candidates. The Democratic primary, which is thought to be tantamount to winning the office in the November general election, is scheduled for June 22nd.
Birmingham area Congresswoman Terri Sewell (D), who has run unopposed in the last four consecutive elections, confirmed that she is considering entering the open 2022 US Senate contest. The Republicans expect a crowded field to succeed retiring Sen. Richard Shelby (R), while no Democrat has yet officially come forward to declare a candidacy.
Former Sen. Kelly Loeffler (R), who was appointed to succeed resigned Sen. Johnny Isakson (R) and subsequently lost the confirming special election to current Sen. Raphael Warnock (D), announced yesterday that she is forming a Georgia organization to increase voter registration and grassroots activities for right of center voters.
Ms. Loeffler indicates that the organization’s goal is to counter Democrat Stacey Abrams Fair Fight group that took the lead in registering African Americans and left of center voters. Ms. Loeffler indicated she is considering another Senate race, but that such a decision is down the road. She says her main priority is concentrating on the work this new organization will perform.
Former White House aide and Trump campaign operative Max Miller announced that he will oppose Rep. Anthony Gonzalez (R-Rocky River/Wadsworth) in next year’s Republican congressional primary.
Mr. Gonzalez, a five-year NFL football player for the Indianapolis Colts after a star career at Ohio State University, is serving his second House term and one of ten House Republicans to vote for then-President Trump’s second impeachment. With a spate of these members already getting announced opponents, it would not be surprising to see all of them battle in Republican nomination contests next year.
Recently deceased Congressman Ron Wright’s (R-Arlington) wife, Susan, is likely to announce this week her special election candidacy to replace her late husband. Ms. Wright’s entry will likely freeze much, if not all, of the large Republican field that was looking to form for the yet unscheduled replacement special election.
Mr. Wright was elected to the House in 2018, after spending eight years as the Tarrant County Tax Assessor and for the previous eight on the Arlington City Council. He had also served as chief of staff to 17-term Congressman Joe Barton (R) who did not seek re-election in 2018.
Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall (R) said on Friday that he will not enter the open US Senate race in 2022, instead declaring that he will seek re-election to a second term for the office he currently holds.
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