U.S. Senator David Perdue

COLUMBUS, GA - U.S. Senator David Perdue speaks at a Defend The Majority campaign event attended by U.S. Vice President Mike Pence in Columbus, Georgia. (Photo by Elijah Nouvelage/Getty Images)

Just days after former Georgia Sen. David Perdue filed campaign paperwork opening up the potential for another Senate run in 2022; Perdue has told friends and associates, he will not seek another term in 2022, CNN reported Tuesday.

Perdue lost his reelection bid during a closely watched runoff last month against Democrat Jon Ossoff. Ossoff’s win, along with Sen. Raphael Warnock’s victory over Sen. Kelly Loeffler, resulted in Democrats taking control of the Senate for the first time since 2011.

Unlike Ossoff, who will not be up for reelection until 2026, Warnock's term expires in two years. That’s because Warnock is filling the remainder of retired Republican Sen. Johnny Isakson’s term. Warnock, who served as pastor for the same Atlanta church where civil rights leader the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. preached, is Georgia's first African American senator.

Perdue is a former business executive who was elected in 2014. He was one of President Donald Trump’s chief defenders in the Senate and fell just short of the 50% threshold he needed to defeat Ossoff outright on Nov. 3.

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