“For those who might be wondering, this is a goodbye for now, but probably not forever,” added Collins. “I plan to continue to shape our Conservative embassy to help Republicans win back the House and Senate and elect stronger Conservative candidates here in Georgia. I believe that as Conservatives we need to be able to do ours Communicate values clearly and I will continue this fight. “
Collins had been a prominent Republican in the House of Representatives, including serving as the senior member of the Judiciary Committee. He ran for the Senate last year and challenged appointed GOP Senator Kelly Loeffler in the special election to replace resigned Senator Johnny Isakson. Collins finished third in the Senate race in November, followed by Loeffler, who lost the runoff to Warnock in January.
Collins’s decision leaves a hole for Republicans around the Senate race. Herschel Walker, the former University of Georgia running back, has shown interest in the race, and former President Donald Trump has publicly encouraged him to race. Two candidates, Republicans Latham Saddler and Kelvin King, are already running. GOP MP Buddy Carter has stood up as a candidate despite saying he won’t run if Walker does.
In the governor’s race, Vernon Jones, a former government official who is changing sides, has already announced a primary challenge for Kemp. Democrat Stacey Abrams, who lost to Kemp in 2018, is expected to run again.