The midterm elections are still a year and a half away – which sure seems like a long time to go – but there was fast and furious spate of 2022 political developments in the past 48 hours.
Here’s a look at what you may have missed on the campaign trail this weekend.
GEORGIA’S KEMP OPENS UP TO FOX NEWS ABOUT 2022 RE-ELECTION
It was anything but a warm welcome for Republican Gov. Brian Kemp of Georgia on Saturday at his state’s GOP convention.
In another sign of former President Trump’s continued clout over Republican activists and base voters, Kemp was booed at the confab, which was held on Jekyll Island. And Republican Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger was censured.
The Saturday developments came after Kemp and Raffensperger – who were both Trump supporters – became the target of his wrath for refusing to help the then-president overturn his narrow loss in Georgia last November to now-President Biden.
Both Kemp and Raffensperger – who are running for re-election next year – are facing primary challengers. And the former president’s endorsed one of Raffensperger’s opponents – Trump loyalist Rep. Jody HIce.
Warnock faces challenge from statewide Georgia Republican
Georgia Commissioner of Agriculture Gary Black used his appearance Friday at the state GOP convention to launch his 2022 campaign for the Senate, becoming the most high profile candidate to date to take aim at Democratic Sen. Raphael Warnock.
WARNOCK ONE OF THE GOP’S BIGGEST 2022 DEMOCRATIC TARGETS
Warnock, who narrowly won election in January to serve the final two years of retired GOP Sen. Johnny Isakson’s term, is seen by Republicans as one of the most vulnerable Senate Democrats up for reelection next year, when the GOP needs a net gain of just one seat to recapture the Senate majority. Republicans lost the majority when Warnock and fellow Democrat Jon Ossoff swept Georgia’s twin Senate runoff elections at the beginning of the year.
Black took aim at Warnock and President Biden, telling delegates that “they’re five months into it and job growth and opportunity are down, inflation, debt and gas prices are up, (and) the Middle East is back at war.”
Two military veterans who are not well-known – Kelvin King and Latham Saddler, have already launched Republican Senate campaigns.
Herschel Walker – the former star professional football player and college gridiron legend in the Peach State – he won a Heisman Trophy and helped steer the University of Georgia to a college football national championship – has been encouraged by Trump to run for the Senate. Walker said in a Fox News interview in April that he was considering a bid, but has made no outward signs of launching a campaign.
TRUMP URGES WALKER TO RUN FOR SENATE
GOP Rep. Buddy Carter has indicated he would run if Walker passes on declaring his candidacy. And former Republican Sen. Kelly Loeffler, who Warnock edged in January, is mulling another run.
Former Sen. David Perdue – who narrowly lost to Ossoff – and former Rep. Doug Collins – who came in third to Warnock and Loeffler in November’s election – have both passed on 2022 bids.
Trump endorses Budd in North Carolina
As he headlined the North Carolina GOP’s annual convention on Saturday, Trump weighed in on that state’s 2022 Republican Senate nomination race.
The former president endorsed conservative Rep Ted Budd, who represents North Carolina’s 13th Congressional District and is one of the three major GOP candidates hoping to succeed retiring Republican Sen. Richard Burr.
REPUBLICAN TED BUDD JUMPS INTO NC SENATE RACE
“A lot of you don’t know him that well, but you’re gonna know him probably within a few minutes,” Trump said as he called Budd to the stage