Perdue sees Georgia GOP victory despite Kemp advantages – The Journal

Republican David Perdue has qualified to run for governor of Georgia

ATLANTA (AP) — Republican David Perdue qualified to run for governor of Georgia on Wednesday, saying he could beat incumbent Brian Kemp in the GOP primary despite falling behind in the polls and fundraising.

“I believe I’m the only one who can bring our party together and beat Stacey Abrams in the fall,” the 72-year-old former U.S. senator told reporters, backing the idea that many Republicans remain angry with Kemp for do no more. to try to overturn Democrat Joe Biden’s victory in Georgia in 2020.

Kemp says he doesn’t have the power to alter election results and notes he beat Abrams in 2018, while Perdue lost in 2021 to Democrat Jon Ossoff.

Former President Donald Trump drafted Perdue into the race in a bid to overthrow Kemp, and Perdue bet Trump’s support will help him overcome his late start and financial disadvantage.

“I just don’t see how Brian is going to bring the whole Republican Party together to stand up against Stacey,” Perdue said. “They’re too upset about too many things right now.”

Both Kemp and Perdue have been trying to position themselves as the Republican most likely to beat Democrat Stacey Abrams, who has no declared opposition in her party with two qualifying days remaining. Republican Kandiss Taylor also qualified to run for governor.

Perdue mounts a rare and serious primary threat against a sitting governor who some observers believe could leave the victor so weakened that it will be difficult to confront Abrams. Perhaps the most recent analog in Georgia’s history is Zell Miller’s failed Democratic primary against U.S. Senator Herman Talmadge in 1980. Talmadge defeated Miller, but lost to Republican Mack Mattingly in the general elections. Mattingly was Georgia’s first elected Republican senator or governor in more than 100 years.

Born in Macon, Perdue was a business consultant and then an executive in companies transferring clothing production to Asia. He became CEO of Reebok, textile company PillowTex and discount retailer Dollar General. Cousin of former Governor and US Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue, David Perdue was elected to the Senate in 2014, defeating Democrat Michelle Nunn. He lost his re-election bid in a runoff to Democrat Jon Ossoff in 2021. That win, along with fellow Democrat Raphael Warnock beating Republican Kelly Loeffler, gave Democrats control of the U.S. Senate.

Perdue is on a list of Trump-backed candidates in Georgia’s Republican primaries, including Herschel Walker against Democratic Sen. Raphael Warnock, State Sen. Burt Jones running for lieutenant governor and Rep. Jody Hice running for office. of Secretary of State.

Recent polls have shown Kemp has an advantage over Perdue, with less than 11 weeks remaining until the May 24 primary. Perdue said he believed he could come back from behind, saying the polls had “missed” his strength, especially in his first run for the US Senate in 2014.

The party run-off would take place on June 21, if necessary, followed by general elections on November 8.

Kemp pressed Perdue to engage in a series of debates, and Perdue expressed excitement for Wednesday’s game.

“You better bet. I want him to answer several things,” Perdue said. His entry swept Kemp to the right on several issues, with the voice coming out supporting the banning of transgender girls from high school sports and finally making a a 2018 campaign promise to remove the need for gun owners to have state-issued permits to carry concealed weapons in public.

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Former U.S. Senator David Perdue files paperwork to qualify to run for governor on Wednesday, March 9, 2022 at the Georgia State Capitol in Atlanta. (Ben Gray/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP)

Former U.S. Senator David Perdue speaks to reporters after filing paperwork to qualify to run for governor Wednesday, March 9, 2022 at the Georgia State Capitol in Atlanta. (Ben Gray/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP)

Former U.S. Senator David Perdue speaks to reporters after filing paperwork to qualify to run for governor Wednesday, March 9, 2022 at the Georgia State Capitol in Atlanta. (Ben Gray/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP)

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