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Governor Stacey Abrams on my corpse

Former Senator David Perdue (R-GA) officially launched his bid for governor of Georgia on Monday, targeting the leading Democratic candidate, Stacey Abrams, in a video announcing his candidacy.

Perdue, a wealthy businessman who served in the US Senate in Georgia from 2015 to 2021, opened his campaign post by saying he decided to run because he wanted to make sure Abrams, a Well-known left-wing activist and prolific Democratic fundraiser, would “never” be the governor of Georgia.

“Make no mistake, Abrams will smile, lie and cheat to turn Georgia into his radical vision of a state more like California or New York,” Perdue said in the announcement.

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Perdue’s candidacy sets the stage for a competitive primary battle against incumbent Governor Brian Kemp (R), with former State Representative Vernon Jones, a Democrat-turned-Republican, also in the candidate mix.

In addition to Abrams, Perdue took aim at Kemp in his announcement, associating Kemp with his unpopular Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, saying, “Unfortunately today we are divided and Brian Kemp and Brad Raffensperger are to blame. “

Perdue added, “Look, I love Brian. It’s not personal. It’s simple. He disappointed us all and can’t win in November. Instead of protecting our election, he caved in to Abrams and cost us the majority in the Senate and let Joe Biden run free. “

Kemp faced huge backlash from former President Donald Trump and his supporters for his handling of the 2020 presidential election and subsequent polls in Georgia, where Democrats surprisingly swept the state through very thin margins. Trump, after securing roughly 12,000 votes from President Joe Biden out of more than five million votes cast, claimed the election was “rigged” and that Kemp should have done more to address Republicans’ concerns. of fraud.

Georgia Governor Brian Kemp speaks at a press conference August 10, 2020 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Elijah Nouvelage / Getty Images)

“Think how different it would be today if Kemp had fought Abrams first instead of fighting Trump. Kemp gave in before the election and the country is paying the price today, ”said Perdue. In his quest for Senate re-election, Perdue, along with former Senator Kelly Loeffler (R-GA), narrowly lost their second round in January.

Kemp, for his part, maintained that he had done all he could to respond to Trump’s criticisms, saying he too shared the former president’s frustrations. Kemp, in the aftermath of the elections, however, said he had to operate within the confines of Georgian law, which both prevented him from interfering with the elections and also confiscated some election-related powers, such as audits. at the office of the Secretary of State.

Abrams, who lost to Kemp in the 2018 governor’s race, is a voting rights activist who called for a relaxation of voting restrictions to make voting easier. Abrams has been widely credited that the Democrats finally won their victories in the last election cycle.

“And let me be very clear – on my corpse, will we EVER give Stacy Abrams control of our election again,” Perdue noted in her statement Monday.

Governor Stacey Abrams on my corpse

Former Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams waits to speak at a Democratic solicitation kick-off as she campaigns for Joe Biden and Kamala Harris on October 24, 2020, in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Ethan Miller / Getty Images)

Kemp spokesman Cody Hall responded to Perdue’s bid for governor on Sunday when reports surfaced that the former senator would challenge Kemp. Hall said:

The man who lost Republicans in the United States Senate and caused runaway inflation, open borders, runaway government spending last year and awakened the culture of cancellation on the American people now wants to lose office of the governor of Georgia for the benefit of the national face of the radical left movement.

Trump, who has repeatedly criticized Kemp over the election, is expected to lend his support to Perdue. The former president issued a statement to that effect on Monday, saying: “Wow, it looks like the well-respected Senator David Perdue will be running against RINO Brian Kemp for governor of Georgia.”

Trump added: “It will be very interesting, and I cannot imagine that Brian Kemp, who has so severely damaged electoral integrity in Georgia, can do well at the ballot box (unless the election is rigged, sure).”

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