EXCLUSIVE – Former Sen. Kelly Loeffler of Georgia is leaving the door wide open to a potential 2022 run to return to the Senate.
“I have not ruled anything out,” Loeffler said in a Fox News interview this weekend.
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Loeffler, who was appointed to the Senate by Republican Gov. Brian Kemp after then-GOP Sen. Johnny Isakson resigned in 2019 due to health reasons, narrowly lost to Democrat Raphael Warnock in a January Senate runoff election in the race to fill the final two years of Isakson’s term. Warnock’s razor-thin victory, accompanied by Democrat Jon Ossoff’s narrow victory that same day over Republican Sen. David Perdue in a separate runoff election, tipped the Senate majority to the Democrats.
Sen. Kelly Loeffler greets supporters during a Republican election-night watch party, Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
Loeffler spoke after meeting on Wednesday in the nation’s capital with longtime Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell.
“When I was a senator, I built great relationships in order serve the people of Georgia, and one of those relationships was with Leader McConnell, so I wanted to update him on the situation in Georgia, and part of talking about the Georgia landscape is talking about 2022,” Loeffler shared.
But Loeffler emphasized that her “focus right now is on building Greater Georgia.” That’s the voter registration and outreach group in the Peach State that she launched in February.
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“Greater Georgia is about expanding and diversifying our movement, strengthening election integrity, and making sure that we demonstrate that Georgia is a red state in 2022 and beyond,” she spotlighted. “There’s a tremendous amount of work that we’ve done. There’s a lot more work to do. We’ve registered thousands of conservatives already. We’ve been working every day on election integrity.”
Georgia was long a reliably red state. But President Biden narrowly edged then-President Trump in Georgia in November, becoming the first Democrat to win the state in a presidential election in more than a quarter century. And two months later, the Democrats swept the twin Senate runoff contests.
The Senate is currently split 50-50 between the two major parties, but the Democrats hold a majority due to Vice President Kamala Harris tie-breaking vote through her constitutional duty as president o
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