Former President Donald Trump is weighing in on Georgia’s race for governor.
Former Senator David Perdue announced Monday morning that he is planning to run against current Gov. Brian Kemp in 2022, adding another candidate for a Republican primary.
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Perdue joins Vernon Jones in challenging Kemp.
Perdue’s announcement promises to shake up the Georgia GOP, which is divided over Kemp’s handling of the 2020 election results in the state,
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Trump has repeatedly claimed that there was election fraud in Georgia with no evidence, and pressed Kemp to overturn the election results in the state. Kemp repeatedly maintained the integrity of Georgia’s elections and the fact that current President Joe Biden won the state’s 16 Electoral College votes.
Trump issued a statement Monday, clearly endorsing Perdue, who was a staunch supporter of the former president during his time as senator:
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“Wow, it looks like highly respected Senator David Perdue will be running against RINO Brian Kemp for Governor of Georgia. David was a great Senator, and he truly loves his State and his Country,” Trump said in a statement . “This will be very interesting, and I can’t imagine that Brian Kemp, who has hurt election integrity in Georgia so badly, can do well at the ballot box (unless the election is rigged, of course). He cost us two Senate seats and a Presidential victory in the Great State of Georgia.”
Whoever comes out on top of what is sure to be a bitter Republican primary fight will likely face off against Stacey Abrams.
Perdue said he is running to stop Abrams from becoming governor, claiming that Kemp would lose to her in November because the Trump base opposes Kemp.
Kemp issued his own statement Sunday, saying Perdue was running to “soothe his own bruised ego” over his Senate loss. Perdue lost to Sen. Jon Ossoff in January.
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