David Perdue joins Georgia governor, race kicks off GOP contest with Kemp

In a video announcement, Perdue said Kemp "has all failed and will not be able to win in November."

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Formerly Sen. David Perdue is running for governor of Georgia, he announced Monday, setting a major challenge with Gov. Brian Kemp in 2022.

Perdue's announcement comes days after voting rights activist Stacey Abrams announced her candidacy for the Democratic Party in Georgia.

In a video announcement, Perdue said Kemp "has all failed and will not be able to win in November." He also criticized Georgia's Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, who has become a target for supporters of former President Donald Trump.

"I am running for the Emperor to ensure that Stacey Abrams is NO LONGER Governor of Georgia," he said in a video accompanying the video. "We need brave Conservatives to stand on the left, not give in to their demands. Join me in this fight Stop Stacey and Save Georgia."

Perdue lost his Senate seat to Democrat Jon Ossoff in a January election that saw Raphael Warnock replace Sen. Kelly Loeffler, removing GOP control from room. President Joe Biden recaptured Georgia in the 2020 elections, the first time the Democrat had won the country since 1992.Kemp's spokesman, Cody Hall, criticized Perdue in a statement on Sunday following reports of his decision to run for governor.

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The results were widely seen as a rebuke to Trump, his supporters who invaded the U.S. Capitol on January 6 trying to stop Congress from counting the results of the Electoral College.

Trump’s ongoing efforts to challenge the election results have overshadowed the upcoming election and some Republicans are concerned that his attacks on electoral integrity have put pressure on GOP voters in Georgia.

Kemp's spokesman, Cody Hall, criticized Perdue in a statement on Sunday following reports of his decision to run for governor.

"The man who lost the Republicans to the United States Senate," Hall said, "brought about the last year of inflation, open borders, government spending, and revived the culture of the American people."

"Perdue's only reason for running away was to tarnish his damaged image, because his US Senate campaign had failed to motivate voters to the ballot box - twice," Hall said, looking ahead to the upcoming tough campaign.