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Former Sen. David Perdue announced Tuesday he will not challenge Sen.

Raphael Warnock (D-Ga.) for his seat in the 2022 midterms, reversing course after filing paperwork declaring his candidacy.

In a statement first sent by email to supporters, Perdue (R-Ga.) said that he and his wife, Bonnie, had decided against him re-entering the political arena.

“This is a personal decision, not a political one. I am confident that whoever wins the Republican Primary next year will defeat the Democrat candidate in the General election for this seat and I will do everything I can to make that happen,” the former senator wrote, saying he had come to this decision “after much prayer and reflection.”

“As we saw in my race in November, Georgia is not a blue state. The more Georgians that vote, the better Republicans do,” Perdue continued, “These two current liberal US Senators do not represent the values of a majority of Georgians.”

Sen. Jon Ossoff (D-Ga.) defeated Perdue during the Jan. 5 run-offs with 50.6 percent of the vote to his 49.4 percent.

When the two went head to head during the Nov. 3 election, Perdue was unable to reach the 50 percent threshold required by the state in order to declare a winner. He led Ossoff 49.7 percent to 48 percent.

As a result, the race was sent to a runoff.

The race, along with the other Georgia Senate race that pitted then-Sen. Kelly Loeffler (R-Ga.) against Rev. Warnock.

Warnock beat Loeffler 51 percent to 49 percent.

The two races cost Republicans control of the Senate.

While Perdue did not go into specifics, his decision comes one week after it was revealed that he had filed paperwork with the Federal Election Commission to launch a new campaign.

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President Donald Trump, in his first post-presidential speech on February 28, 2021, pledged to the crowd that their journey with him is “far from being over” and slammed the immigration and other policies of President Joe Biden, accusing Biden of having a “disastrous first month.”

You can watch video of the speech later in this article.

“Who knows, I might even decide to beat them for a third time,” Trump said of Democrats during the talk to the Conservative Political Action Convention in Orlando, Florida.

“None of us even imagined how bad they would be and how far left they would go,” Trump said of President Joe Bidem. “His campaign was all lies.”

Joe Biden has had the “disastrous first month of any president in modern history,” said Trump, saying Biden is anti jobs, anti border, anti women, anti science, and more. “In just one short month, we have gone from America first to America Last.

He accused Biden of misleading voters during presidential debates about his views, saying, “He didn’t know what the hell he was talking about actually.”

Trump declared: “I’m going to continue to fight right by your side. We will do what we’ve done right from the beginning, which is to win. We’re not starting new parties.”

“I stand before you today to declare that the incredible journey we’ve begun together, we went through a journey like no one else.. never been a journey so successful… we began it four years ago, and it is far from being over.”

“We’re in the middle of a historic struggle for America’s future… our identity as Americans is at stake.”

He said powerful interests “want to silence us… we will be victorious and America will be stronger and greater.” He said people were gathered to talk about the future of the Party.

The major conservative gathering was, to some degree, a referendum on the degree to which Trump will define the Republican Party’s future. Although Trump received some positive mentions during the convention, he didn’t dominate it until the final day, and other prospective 2024 GOP candidates – such as Florida Governor Ron DeSantis and South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem – seemed to be positioning as his heirs apparent during their CPAC speeches.

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Trump Declared Outright, ‘I’m Not Starting a New Party’

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“I am not starting a new party,” Trump said, adding that the Republican Party would be more united than ever before. He said “we’re not interested in that.”

He claimed he’s “more popular than anybody,” citing the straw poll.

“We will be united like never before,” he said, adding that he would oppose “socialism,” which he said “leads to Communism.”

Trump’s pollster, who is also a Washington Times pollster, released the results of a CPAC straw poll right before the president’s talk. The straw poll found that 95% of people polled want to continue Trump’s policies and agenda, and 68% want him to run for president again in 2024. If the election was held today, 55% would vote for Trump, 21% for DeSantis, and the rest spread out among other candidates. Without Trump, DeSantis led the way with 43%, Noem had 11%, and Donald Trump jr. scored 8 percent. Trump had a 97% job approval rating in the straw polls.

Trump Slammed Biden’s Immigration Policies

GettySupporters of former US President Donald Trump cheer for his arrival outside of a hotel where the Conservative Political Action Conference 2021 (CPAC) is being held in Orlando, Florida on February 28, 2021.

Trump slammed Biden’s immigration policies. He said “some rough customers were entering our country.” He said Biden turned the border into a crisis.

“Joe Biden has triggered a massive flood of illegal immigration into our country of the likes we’ve never seen before,” said Trump.

He alleged that Biden has restored “catch and release.”

He said Biden has failed in “enforcing America’s laws,” and as a result he said the Democrats “will lose the White House decisively in four years from now.” He also predicted Democratic losses during the midterm elections.

He said Biden was making America into a “sanctuary nation.”

Trump also slammed Biden for “anti-science” decisions to keep schools closed. “Joe Biden sold out America’s children to the teacher’s unions,” said Trump.

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