Hice, who first won election to his east-central Georgia seat in 2014, is a staunch Trump ally who supported Trump’s efforts to overturn the election. He derided the Democratic-led push to impeach Trump over his role in the Jan. 6 Capitol Hill riot as “bogus.”
Rep. Jody Hice, R-Ga., questions Acting U.S. Park Police Chief Gregory T. Monahan, during a House Natural Resources Committee hearing on actions taken on June 1, 2020 at Lafayette Square, Tuesday, July 28, 2020 on Capitol Hill in Washington. (Bill Clark/Pool via AP)
The 60-year-old congressmember has been publicly flirting with a bid, saying last week that he was “exploring options” and to expect a decision “within the next few days.” Hice also said that Trump was “supportive” of his potential candidacy.
Trump has been fixated on Georgia as he maps out his plans for the 2022 midterms. The former president has been trying to recruit a primary opponent to GOP Gov. Brian Kemp, whom Trump has accused of doing too little to intervene in the state’s vote count. He has also publicly encouraged former NFL running back Herschel Walker to mount a Senate bid.
The former president also recently hosted former Sen. David Perdue at his South Florida resort as Perdue was weighing whether to challenge Democratic Sen. Raphael Warnock, before Perdue decided not to run.
People familiar with the deliberations over the Hice endorsement cautioned that, as always, Trump’s plans could change. It is unclear when an endorsement could take place, though during a Sunday appearance on Fox News, Trump adviser Jason Miller said Trump would be announcing Monday his support for a Georgia candidate.
“Really importantly, pay attention to Georgia, tomorrow, on Monday. There’s a big endorsement that’s coming that’s really going to shake things up in the political landscape in Georgia. It’s big, it’s coming tomorrow, and just be sure to tune in,” Miller said.
A Trump spokesperson did not respond to requests for comment.
Raffensperger and his aides have been preparing for a potential primary challenge since he broke with the president. Should he survive the primary, Raffensperger would also likely face a serious challenge from Democrats, who are eager to take the office.