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Rep. Doug Collins Not Ruling Out Potential 2020 Senate Run

Rep. Doug Collins (R-Ga.) says hes mulling a run for Senate in 2020, one day after he was passed over as a replacement for retiring Sen. Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.).

Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp named business executive Kelly Loeffler, 49, to replace Isakson, a 74-year-old who is leaving the seat because of health issues at the end of the year. She will serve until Jan. 2021. An election will decide who serves the next term.

President Donald Trump reportedly wanted Collins, one of his strongest allies in the House, to get the nomination, but Kemp went with Loeffler, saying she would be a strong supporter of the presidents agenda.

Collins, 53, was asked if he was considering a run for Senate on Thursday. He said he wasnt ruling it out.

“I congratulated Miss Loeffler for being picked. You know, again, as I have said many times before: Im dealing with impeachment right now. And well make a statement or well deal with that after the fact. Im not ruling in, ruling it out,” he said in an interview with NPRs “All Things Considered.”

“Im just simply stating a fact of where were at right now because I do not—for my constituents, the state of Georgia and the country, Im in a position right now that has historical lights on it. I cannot be distracted from whatever I have to do up here to anything else.

Rep. Doug Collins (R-Ga.) the ranking member of the House Judiciary Committee, joined at left by Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.), makes his opening statement during a hearing on the constitutional grounds for the impeachment of President Donald Trump, on Capitol Hill in Washington on Dec. 4, 2019. (J. Scott Applewhite/AP Photo)
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Mary Brock, right, and Kelly Loeffler cheer from their courtside seats as the Atlanta Dream basketball team plays in the second half of their WNBA basketball game, in Atlanta on Sept. 6, 2011. (David Tulis, File/AP Photo)

Prior to Kemps naming Loeffler to the seat, Collins told the