A Republican who once made a name for herself in Congress’ upper chamber is said to be eyeing a return to Washington.
Kelly Loeffler told the Washington Examiner this week that she’s leaving the door wide open to another campaign for the U.S. Senate.
The Republican was ousted from her Senate seat by now-Sen. Raphael Warnock (D-GA) in one of two runoff elections in the Peach State back in January of this year.
“Leaving open the possibility”
Also winning in January was Democrat Jon Ossoff, but as the Atlanta Journal-Constitution notes, it’s just Warnock who will be forced to defend his spot in the Senate come November 2022. “That’s because his victory over GOP incumbent Kelly Loeffler was to fill the remainder of retired Republican Johnny Isakson’s term,” the AJC said.
If Warnock wins next fall, he’ll then serve a full six-year term.
But the Democrat isn’t the only one considering a bid for that spot. Asked if she’d aim to reclaim the seat she once held in the upper chamber, Loeffler said it’s not out of the question.
“I’m absolutely leaving open the possibility,” she told the Examiner. “I absolutely at the right time will evaluate that and make that decision.”
Who’s Trump’s candidate?
Of course, the question of whether Loeffler will run isn’t the only one running through pundits’ minds looking to the 2022 midterms. Also key is who former President Donald Trump will back for the Georgia Senate seat.
While Trump supported Loeffler in 2020, it remains unclear if he’ll do so again. The former senator said she stays in “regular contact’ with Trump and “with officials and constituents across our state and country,” suggesting she and the ex-president are still on good terms.
Trump, however, has been encouraging conservatives including football star Herschel Walker to challenge Warnock. Walker hasn’t confirmed plans to mount a campaign, but he has hinted at it, as the Examiner notes.
“I’m getting ready. And we can run with the big dogs,” Walker wrote in a social media post, alongside a photo of a car with a Georgia license plate.
Others said to be considering runs for Senate out of Georiga, according to the Examiner, include the state’s Agriculture Commissioner Gary Black, businessman Kelvin King, and Latham Saddler, a Navy veteran. But only time will tell who ultimately gets the GOP’s nod to take on Warnock and help Republicans win back control of the Senate in 2022.