AJC has reported that Georgia Rep. Doug Collins will be at the Georgia Statehouse on Tuesday to announce he will challenge U.S. Sen. Kelly Loeffler in the November election. Collins received his 15 minutes of fame during the House Impeachment Hearing by being one of the loudest, most vocal and obnoxious, fast talking, temper tantrum throwing, Trump sycophants.
The four-term congressman hopes to launch his campaign with support from Trump’s inner circle, if not the president himself. Trump privately lobbied Kemp on at least three separate occasions to tap Collins to fill the coveted seat, though he’s stayed publicly neutral since Loeffler was sworn into office.
Although, GA’s Governor Kemp appointed Loeffler when Sen. Johnny Isakson retired with two years left in his term, “she’s not widely known to many local GOP officials”
Loeffler has tired hard to win over Trump and even sent out a tweet on Monday slamming Mitt Romney for considering calling witnesses to testify at Senate Impeachment Trial.
Unlike traditional elections that have primaries to hash out Democratic and Republican nominees, the race to fill the remaining two years of retired U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson’s term is a wide-open special election that features multiple candidates from all parties on the same ballot.
The prospect of multiple well-funded Republicans slicing into each other’s base on a November ballot raises the likelihood of a January 2021 runoff if no candidate gets a majority of the vote – and the possibility that a Democrat who consolidates party support can win the contest outright.