The scale of that loss shouldn’t be undersold. This is a recent former statewide officeholder — one whose 2014 outsider Senate campaign was viewed as something of a model for the party. … While Perdue’s failed comeback is surely among the worst in recent history, losing such a bid is hardly without precedent.

Just earlier this month, former North Carolina governor Pat McCrory (R) attempted one in the state’s open Senate race after losing reelection in 2016. He lost to Rep. Ted Budd (R-N.C.) by more than 30 points, taking 25 percent of the vote.

In Nevada, former senator Dean Heller (R), who lost reelection in 2018, is running for governor. It looks as though he, too, won’t win his party’s nomination; he trails by double digits in early polls, the most recent of which pegged him at just 11 percent of the vote. (The primary is in three weeks.)


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