Jan 29, 2020

Rep. Doug Collins confirms Georgia Senate run, triggering GOP battle

Rep. Doug Collins. Photo: Patrick Semansky-Pool/Getty Images

Georgia Rep. Doug Collins told "Fox & Friends" Wednesday he will challenge Sen. Kelly Loeffler, another Republican, for her seat in the state's election this year.

Why it matters: Collins' announcement has "sparked an intraparty Republican brawl between a top defender of President Trump and a business executive who was appointed to the post by Republican Gov. Brian Kemp," the Washington Post writes.

The state of play: Loeffler was appointed to her seat last year.

  • Georgia's special election will not include a primary, so multiple candidates from both parties can participate. If state Democrats support a single candidate, they could take advantage of a possible split among Republicans, the Post writes.
  • The winner will complete the remainder of former Sen. Johnny Isakson's term. The Republican retired last year with two years left to serve.

What he's saying: Collins said he is unconcerned that his entry could split the party during his Fox appearance.

  • “We just need to have a process that lets people decide. ... I look forward to an exchange of ideas, and I look forward to the election.”

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Rep. Doug Collins rebuffs Trump's consideration for DNI

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President Trump told reporters on Air Force One Thursday night that he was considering nominating Rep. Doug Collins (R-Ga.) to be his next director of national intelligence, but Collins rebuffed that offer during an appearance on Fox Business' "Mornings with Maria" on Friday.

The state of play: Trump previously hinted he would intervene in the Senate race between Collins and Sen. Kelly Loeffler (R-Ga.). The heated primary race between Collins and Loeffler has raised concerns among Republicans that Democrats could potentially win the special election for the Senate seat, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution writes.

Rep. Jim Jordan named House Judiciary ranking member

Reps. Jim Jordan and Doug Collins. Photo: Jim Watson/AFP via Getty Images

The House Republican Steering Committee has named Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) as new ranking member of the House Judiciary Chairman, as Rep. Doug Collins (R-Ga.) steps down from the position to challenge Sen. Kelly Loeffler (R-Ga.) for her Georgia Senate seat, according to two sources familiar with the situation.

Why it matters: Jordan is among President Trump's closest allies in Congress, serving as a member of his impeachment defense team during his recent Senate trial. Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.), another loyal Trump ally, is likely to take over Jordan's position as ranking member of the House Oversight Committee.

Susan Collins faces competitive Senate race, poll indicates

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Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) is up against a steep challenge for her seat for the first time since 1996, according to a Colby College poll, which shows her in a statistical tie with her expected Democratic opponent.

Why it matters: As one of the most centrist Republicans in the Senate during Trump's presidency, Collins has served as a pivotal swing vote on a number of key issues.