Trump-backed ex-senator David Perdue set to challenge fellow Republican Brian Kemp for Georgia governor, report says

Trump-backed ex-senator David Perdue set to challenge fellow Republican Brian Kemp for Georgia governor, report says
© Getty Images

Gov Brian Kemp of Georgia could face a Trump-backed rebellion from his own party

– Getty Images

Georgia’s Governor Brian Kemp could be the latest Republican to face a primary challenge backed by none other than former President Donald Trump, according to a new report.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported on Sunday that David Perdue, the Republican senator defeated by Senator Jon Ossoff in a special election earlier this year, is back to re-enter the national spotlight with plans to challenge Mr Kemp for the GOP nomination in the 2022 governor’s race.

Challenging a sitting governor within one’s own party is an unusual move; to do so with the potential backing of Mr Trump (as the Journal-Constitution reports Mr Perdue is likely to receive) would provoke a civil war among state Republicans almost certainly centred around the issue of Mr Kemp’s refusal to push state lawmakers to challenge Mr Trump’s defeat to President Joe Biden in Georgia last November.

Mr Trump’s efforts to overturn Georgia’s election results were some of the most shocking and widely-publicised, and resulted in state officials opening a criminal inquiry that remains ongoing. In one stunning phone call, Mr Trump was heard pressuring Mr Kemp’s secretary of State, Brad Raffensperger, to “find” thousands of ballots in his favour that would put him ahead of Mr Biden in the state.

“What I want to do is this. I just want to find 11,780 votes … because we won the state,” the president is heard directing the GOP official, who did not comply and instead provided audio of the call to news outlets.

Efforts by Mr Trump to support challenges to officials who stood in the way of efforts to change the final results or baselessly allege fraud in state ballot counts are largely seen as an attempt by the former president to minimise opposition to similar tactics should Mr Trump run for office again in 2024.

Facing defeat in two runoff elections in the days leading up to the certification of the US election on 6 January, Mr Perdue and fellow Georgia ex-Senator Kelly Loeffler announced that they would support objections to Mr Trump’s defeat in the state when Congress met to count the Electoral College votes. The two withdrew their plans to object, however, after a violent assault on the US Capitol by supporters of the former president took place that day.

The former senator’s campaign could sharply divide the GOP electorate in the state to the point that it affects turnout in the general election, regardless of who wins. That possibility is a boon for Democrats including Stacey Abrams, the activist and politician who came close to ousting Mr Kemp in 2018 in an election marred by accusations of voter suppression. Ms Abrams recently announced that she is launching a second bid for the governor’s mansion after several years of working as a voting rights activist in the state leading two organisations that together registered hundreds of thousands to vote in the state.

A spokesperson for the governor lashed out at Mr Perdue on Sunday after the news was reported with a statement that referenced the former senator’s past controversy over stock trades that drew the attention of the Justice Department.

“Governor Kemp has a proven track record of fighting the radical left to put hardworking Georgians first, while Perdue is best known for ducking debates, padding his stock portfolio during a pandemic, and losing winnable races,” said Mr Kemp’s spokesperson.

They added to the Journal-Constitution: ”Perdue’s only reason for running is to soothe his own bruised ego, because his campaign for US Senate failed to inspire voters at the ballot box — twice.”

A spokesperson for Mr Kemp fired back at the governor in a statement to the Journal-Constitution that did not confirm that Mr Perdue was running.

“If Brian Kemp fought Stacey Abrams as hard as he fights Perdue and Trump, we wouldn’t be in this mess,” they said.

From news to politics, travel to sport, culture to climate – The Independent has a host of free newsletters to suit your interests. To find the stories you want to read, and more, in your inbox, click here.

News Related

OTHER NEWS

UN yet to agree on common definition of terrorism, craft coherent policy: India

© Provided by The Financial Express India proposed a draft document on the Comprehensive Convention on International Terrorism (CCIT) at the UN in 1986 but it has not been implemented ... Read more »

Pro Kabaddi League 2021-22: Eight-point raid and mid-table shuffle highlight week 5

© Provided by Firstpost Pro Kabaddi League 2021-22: Eight-point raid and mid-table shuffle highlight week 5 For a man who had just earned eight points for his team, in a ... Read more »

How much will you need to retire?

© Provided by The Times of India Experts say retirement planning should start from the day you start earning. It’s sound advice that almost nobody follows. That’s why TOI is ... Read more »

UP Polls: BJP's Hindutva Poster Boys Sangeet Som, Suresh Rana are Keeping Kairana, 2013 Riots on Top of Recall

Sangeet Som and Suresh Rana, two of BJP’s Hindutva faces, are leading the campaign for the saffron party in the religiously divided region of western Uttar Pradesh ahead of Assembly ... Read more »

Paris Hilton found going to therapy with mother Kathy 'really healing'

© Provided by Cover Media Paris Hilton Paris Hilton found going to joint therapy with her mother Kathy to be “really healing” for them both. In her 2020 YouTube documentary ... Read more »

Australian Open to allow 'Where is Peng Shuai?' shirts after backlash

Fans at the Australian Open can wear “Where is Peng Shuai?” shirts as long as they are peaceful, tournament chief Craig Tiley told AFP Tuesday, after a backlash over the ... Read more »

Record fuel prices and cost of new homes push inflation to fastest pace since mid-2014

© Provided by The Guardian Photograph: Lukas Coch/AAP Record fuel petrol prices and the highest cost of building new homes in two decades propelled consumer inflation at the end of ... Read more »

Andy Reid, Josh Allen give blunt assessment of NFL overtime rules after Chiefs' walk-off win over Bills

For however much of the discussion of the Chiefs-Bills playoff game centered around the play of quarterbacks Josh Allen and Patrick Mahomes in the final minutes, as much, if not ... Read more »

Shriram Transport Fin jumps 4% as investors cheer 11% rise in Q3 net interest income

NEW DELHI – Shares of Shriram Transport Finance Company gained 4 per cent in early trade Tuesday even as the non-bank financing company reported a decline in standalone profit as ... Read more »

Zomato trading at heavy discount to listing price: Should you grab a bite?

NEW DELHI: Despite a 46 per cent drop over its peak, analysts largely have a mixed view on whether Zomato has entered into a ‘buy’ zone now. Foreign brokerage JPMorgan ... Read more »

New York state supreme court judge strikes down mask mandate

A state supreme court judge struck down New York state’s mask mandate Monday, ruling that the governor and NY State Department of Health did not have the authority to enact ... Read more »

Eva Longoria put on an effortlessly chic display in the French capital

Eva Longoria put on a very chic display as she stepped out in the French capital on Monday.  The 46-year-old actress, nailed Parisian style in a Navy wool coat and ... Read more »

Fall Guys Monopoly board game launches with real-life Big Yeetus

© Provided by GamesRadar Fall Guys monopoly Fall Guys monopoly is here to make your next family game night even more frenzied and chaotic – because that’s exactly what it ... Read more »

Can South Africans be the leaders to drive change for sustainable living?

© Provided by 702 To celebrate the future made possible today, thanks to BMW, Clement Manyathela is chatting to industry experts about innovative sustainable technologies and electric driving. In this ... Read more »

Opening Bell: Sensex, Nifty open lower amid mixed global cues; Axis Bank, Zomato in focus

© Provided by CNBCTV18 The Indian equity benchmark indices opened in the red on Tuesday, dragged lower by concerns about faster US rate hike, tensions over Ukraine, rising inflation and ... Read more »

How to make the best possible swords in Minecraft

Learning to make the best sword in Minecraft will give you a major advantage in any boss fight. When it comes to combat in Minecraft, the sword is any player’s ... Read more »

Can Coffee Consumption Improve Digestion? Study Answers

© KS Swati | India.com Lifestyle Staff Can Coffee Consumption Improve Digestion? Study Answers. Picture Credits: ANI According to a recent clinical study, coffee has positive effects on digestion and ... Read more »

Axis Bank shares rise after Q3 results. Should you buy, sell or hold the stock?

© Provided by CNBCTV18 id=”content” class=”jsx-1771851872 jsx-649666247 post_content”> Axis Bank shares were in focus on Tuesday, a day after the private sector lender reported its financial results for the December ... Read more »

South Korea's GDP growth hits 11-year high as exports boom

© Provided by Al Jazeera South Korea’s economy grew 4 percent last year despite the pandemic [File: Kim Hong-Ji/Reuters] South Korea’s economy expanded at the fastest pace in 11 years ... Read more »

Facebook Parent Meta Has Built The Fastest AI Supercomputer In The World

© Provided by News18 Facebook Parent Meta Has Built The Fastest AI Supercomputer In The World Meta (erstwhile Facebook) is the latest company to build an AI supercomputer. Meta’s AI ... Read more »

Babyleiche in Gefängnis-Müllcontainer gefunden

Das drei Monate alte Kind war den Ermittlungen zufolge auf einem Friedhof in Mexiko-Stadt ausgegraben und in das Gefängnis in der gut 100 Kilometer entfernten Stadt Puebla gebracht worden. Nun ... Read more »

Vodafone Idea gains 3% as management says may hike mobile services rates

NEW DELHI – Shares of Vodafone Idea added 2.7 per cent in early trade Tuesday after the beleaguered telecom operator said that it may raise mobile services rates this year ... Read more »

In Miami, Donald Trump proposes luxury condos and hotels. This time, without his name

1 / 2In Miami, Donald Trump proposes luxury condos and hotels. This time, without his name The new Doral real estate venture launched by former President Donald Trump includes the ... Read more »

These Were the Most-Sold Skincare in K-Beauty Store Olive Young for 2021

© Provided by Preview.ph A trip to Korea wouldn’t be complete without a visit to the country’s biggest health and beauty store, Olive Young. It’s skincare and makeup paradise, with ... Read more »

Here's How This OFW Earns P120,000 from His Vegetable Garden in Italy

© Provided by Preview.ph Italy is one of Europe’s most popular tourist destinations, particularly among the wealthy and those interested in arts and culture. It is also, coincidentally, one of ... Read more »

Aditya Narayan on impending parenthood: 'I don't have it in me to be strict with my child'

© Provided by Firstpost Aditya Narayan on impending parenthood: ‘I don’t have it in me to be strict with my child’ Congratulations, when did you get to know the good ... Read more »

Hotlink Internet 365 dimansuhkan, Hotlink Pantas! menyusul

Saya sukakan prabayar Hotlink Internet 365 sebab ia adalah antara pelan yang berikan tempoh aktif paling lama pada kos paling rendah. Dengan hanya menambah nilai RM5, anda boleh nikmati tempoh ... Read more »

Not Only Patels, 3 Other Families Who Attempted To Enter US Found Missing: Report

© Provided by News18 Not Only Patels, 3 Other Families Who Attempted To Enter US Found Missing: Report The investigation into the death of the family of four across the ... Read more »

The Top 40 Highest-Rating Korean Dramas of All Time

© Provided by Preview.ph There’s no deterring our love affair with all things K-drama. This time, we give you the lowdown on the highest rating Korean dramas of all time ... Read more »

Tulare County Sheriff's Office nabs 14,763 marijuana plants in raid

Jan. 24—The Tulare County Sheriff's Office has conducted a successful raid of a local marijuana grow, according to authorities. In July of 2021, the Tulare County Sheriff's Office, Visalia Police ... Read more »

Bigg Boss 15 will see audience entering the house to evict a contestant. Watch promo

Bigg Boss 15 finale will take place on January 30. Ahead of that, the makers are doing the best they can to make the show interesting. And now, for the ... Read more »

As Mumbai Shivers Amid 'Coldest January in a Decade', What IMD Says; Cold Wave Warning for Guj

© Provided by News18 As Mumbai Shivers Amid ‘Coldest January in a Decade’, What IMD Says; Cold Wave Warning for Guj Mumbai has been witnessing cold weather, with the minimum ... Read more »

Bhool Bhulaiyaa 2: Release of Kartik Aaryan-Kiara Advani's film getting pushed? Here's an interesting update

© Provided by BollywoodLife.com When everyone in the film industry thought that the things were getting back on track, third wave of Coronavirus hit like a hurricane. After the theatres ... Read more »

Afghan girls must return to school: Former Prez Hamid Karzai

© Provided by The Statesman Afghan girls must return to school: Former Prez Hamid Karzai Afghan girls must be allowed to go to schools when they reopen in March, said ... Read more »

Did Ajay Devgn and Akshay Kumar turn down the Hindi remake of Ajith's Viswasam? Here's what we know

© Provided by BollywoodLife.com Pushpa star Allu Arjun has a huge fanbase in the Hindi belt. Yesterday, they got the sad news that the Hindi dubbed version of Allu Arjun’s ... Read more »

India logs less than 3 lakh daily Covid cases, positivity rate falls to 15.52%

India logs less than 3 lakh Covid cases, positivity rate falls to 15.52% India has registered 2,55,874 new Covid cases in the last 24 hours, a decline of 50,190 from ... Read more »

Republic Day: DD installs special cameras for 360-degree coverage

© Provided by Hindustan Times The Rajpath ahead of the Republic Day parade in New Delhi. (AFP) NEW DELHI: Public service broadcaster Doordarshan (DD) has installed dozens of cameras, including ... Read more »

Why German naval chief wanted West to respect Putin & what India-China have got to do with it

© Provided by The Print What does Russia really want? Is Russia really interested in having a small, tiny strip of Ukraine soil, to integrate into their country?… I think ... Read more »

Shraddha Kapoor soaks in Mumbai's cosy weather as she begins Tuesday morning with a cup of chai

© Provided by Pinkvilla The crisp winter air has taken over Mumbai and resulted in an unusually cold week. The coastal city which rarely witnesses winter has been experiencing light ... Read more »

Hielt sich für einen Übermenschen: Der Mann Pierin Vincenz

Wer ist Pierin Vincenz? Selber hielt er sich wohl für einen Übermenschen, der schliesslich an Geld, Gier und Grössenwahn scheiterte. © Bereitgestellt von Blick Der Mann Pierin Vincenz Pierin Vincenz ... Read more »
On free-english-test.com you will find lots of free English exam practice materials to help you improve your English skills: grammar, listening, reading, writing, ielts, toeic