Former Sen. David Perdue to launch bid for Georgia governor

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Former Senator David Perdue (R) plans to announce a campaign Monday against incumbent Georgia Republican Gov. Brian Kemp, according to a source familiar with Perdue’s thinking.

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why it matters: Perdue’s challenge to its former ally Kemp sets up an unprecedented “scorched earth” battle between Georgia Republicans run by former President Donald Trump on the battlefield. The news was first reported by politician,

  • The news comes days after former Democratic nominee Stacey Abrams announced her second bid for the seat.
  • Two people familiar with the discussion told Nerdshala’ Jonathan Swann that Trump indicated to Perdue weeks ago that if he does run, he can expect support from the former president.

Catch up soon: As Kemp resisted pressure from Trump to reverse the state’s 2020 election results, Trump pledged to campaign against the incumbent governor. Supported More is encouraging Purdue to challenge Kemp in 2018.

  • Biden won Georgia by more than 12,000 votes in 2020. Republicans also lost both Senate seats to Democrats: Perdue was defeated by John Osoff, and Raphael Warnock defeated Kelly Loeffler.
  • openly trump Asked Perdue if he was planning to run against Kemp at the September rally in Perry, Ga.
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The irony is that Trump Is said That it was David Perdue and his cousin, former Agriculture Secretary and former Georgia governor Sonny Perdue, who persuaded him to support Kemp in the 2018 Republican primary.

What are they saying: Cody Hall, Kemp’s director of communications and senior adviser, said, “The only reason Purdue is running is to pacify its own broken ego, because his campaign for the U.S. Senate failed to propel voters to the ballot — twice. ”

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“Governor Kemp has a proven track record of fighting radical leftists by putting hardworking Georgians first, while Perdue is best known for debate, padding his stock portfolio during a pandemic, and winning lose the race.”

Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich Perdue called “the one man who could unify Georgia and the one man who could defeat Stacy Abrams.”

What will happen next: “Kemp and Perdue have overlapping bases and donors in many ways, so personal relationships are more important than ever,” said Republican Georgia strategist Brian Robinson. Who was nice or sensitive to what “all of a sudden matters a lot.”

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