Georgia’s Collins to challenge newly sworn-in GOP senator


ATLANTA (AP) – U.S. Rep. Doug Collins announced Wednesday that he’s running for a U.S. Senate seat held by a fellow Republican, setting up a battle that could divide the Georgia party this election year.

Collins made the announcement on Fox & Friends, saying “we’re ready for a good time down here to keep defending this president.”

Collins waved off concerns that he and newly sworn-in GOP Sen. Kelly Loeffler will tear each other apart and open the door for a Democrat to take the seat. Collins was President Donald Trump’s pick for the seat, but Gov. Brian Kemp went with Loeffler instead.

Georgia Rep. Doug Collins walks with colleagues at the state capitol in Atlanta, Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2020. Collins, an ardent ally of President Donald Trump and vocal opponent of his impeachment, is expected to announce he will challenge fellow Republican and newly appointed Sen. Kelly Loeffler for her seat this year, a Republican official said. (Riley Bunch/The Daily Times via AP)