ATLANTA (AP) — Former Georgia Sen. David Perdue mentioned Tuesday that he won’t run in 2022 to reclaim a seat within the U.S. Senate, eight days after the defeated Republican filed marketing campaign paperwork that might have opened the way in which for him to run towards Democratic Sen. Raphael Warnock.

“I’m assured that whoever wins the Republican main subsequent 12 months will defeat the Democrat candidate within the basic election for this seat, and I’ll do all the pieces I can to make that occur,” the 71-year-old mentioned in an announcement.

Perdue misplaced his reelection bid throughout a carefully watched runoff final month towards Democrat Jon Ossoff. Ossoff’s win, together with Warnock’s victory over Sen. Kelly Loeffler, resulted in Democrats taking management of the Senate for the primary time since 2011.

Perdue had filed an announcement of candidacy with the Federal Election Fee on Feb. 15.

Not like Ossoff, who won’t be up for reelection till 2026, Warnock’s time period expires in two years. That’s as a result of Warnock is filling the rest of retired Republican Sen. Johnny Isakson’s time period.

Warnock, who served as pastor for a similar Atlanta church the place civil rights chief the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. preached, is Georgia’s first African American senator.

Perdue’s choice to not run might ease the trail for plenty of different Republican candidates. Former U.S. Rep. Doug Collins, who didn’t advance to the runoff towards Warnock after ending behind Loeffler in November, has mentioned he might run for Senate in 2022, or may attempt to knock off incumbent Republican Gov. Brian Kemp. Loeffler has been elevating her profile in latest days by saying Larger Georgia, a bunch that is speculated to register voters, promote conservative insurance policies, and advocate for restrictive voting modifications Republicans say are mandatory.

Perdue is a former enterprise government who was elected in 2014. He was one in all former President Donald Trump’s chief defenders within the Senate and fell simply wanting the 50% threshold he wanted to defeat Ossoff outright Nov. 3. Perdue has by no means immediately conceded to Ossoff and on Tuesday repeated the assertion that his Nov. Three lead was a greater indication of Georgia’s partisan composition than his runoff loss.

“As we noticed in my race in November, Georgia just isn’t a blue state,” Perdue mentioned. “The extra Georgians that vote, the higher Republicans do. These two present liberal U.S. senators don’t symbolize the values of a majority of Georgians.”

Perdue, like Loeffler, is lending his assist to a spread of modifications Republicans say are wanted to construct belief within the electoral system after Perdue, Loeffler and Trump spent months questioning the legitimacy of President Joe Biden’s November victory in Georgia.

“I’m hopeful that the Georgia Normal Meeting, together with our statewide elected officers, will right the inequities in our state legal guidelines and election guidelines in order that, sooner or later, each authorized voter will probably be handled equally and unlawful votes won’t be included,” Perdue mentioned. “I’ll do all the pieces I can to be useful on this effort.”

No proof of any vital wrongdoing has ever been offered and Democrats say Republicans try to make it more durable for individuals to vote to retain political energy within the state.