David Perdue joins Georgia governor’s race, setting up GOP showdown with Kemp
Perdue’s announcement comes days after voting rights activist Stacey Abrams announced that she would run for the Democratic Party’s gubernatorial nomination in Georgia.
In a video announcement, Perdue said that Kemp “has failed all of us and cannot win in November.” “I’m running for Governor to make sure Stacey Abrams is NEVER Governor of Georgia,” he said in a tweet accompanying the video. “We need bold conservatives who will stand up to the woke left, not cave to their radical demands. Join me in this fight to Stop Stacey and Save Georgia.”
Perdue lost his Senate seat to Democrat Jon Ossoff in January runoff elections that also saw Democrat Raphael Warnock best incumbent Sen. Kelly Loeffler, taking away the GOP’s control of the chamber. President Joe Biden also captured Georgia in the 2020 election, the first time a Democrat has won the state since 1992.
The results were widely seen as a rebuke of former President Donald Trump, whose supporters stormed the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6 in an attempt to stop Congress from counting the Electoral College results.
Scott Hogan, executive director of the Democratic Party of Georgia, said in a statement following the news Republicans like Kemp and Perdue “have failed Georgians at every level of leadership.”
“Georgia Democrats are more fired up than ever before and looking forward to electing a strong Democratic governor for our state in 2022,” said Hogan.
Trump’s ongoing attempts to challenge the election results overshadowed the runoff elections and some Republicans worried that his attacks on the integrity of the election had depressed GOP voter turnout in Georgia.