The magnitude of this loss should not be underestimated. This is a new former national officer – one whose 2014 underdog Senate campaign was seen as something of a model for the party. … While Perdue’s failed comeback is certainly among the worst in recent history, the loss of such a bid is hardly without precedent.
Just earlier this month, former North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory (R) attempted one in the state’s open Senate race after losing re-election in 2016. He lost to Rep. Ted Budd (RN.C.) by more than 30 points and took 25 percent of the vote.
In Nevada, former Senator Dean Heller (R), who lost re-election in 2018, is running for governor. It looks like he won’t win his party’s nomination either; In the first polls, he is two-digit behind, the most recent of which resulted in only 11 percent of the votes. (Elementary school is in three weeks.)