David Perdue Signals He Will Challenge Brian Kemp

In a move Sunday that caught many Georgia prognosticators completely off guard, former Sen. David Perdue signaled he will soon announce he will challenge Gov. Brian Kemp in 2022.

This creates a unique situation in Peach State politics: a sitting Republican governor facing a potentially divisive primary as Democratic icon Stacey Abrams gears up to run as well.

The cousin of former Republican Gov. Sonny Perdue (who also served as Donald Trump’s Secretary of Agriculture), David Perdue,71, is a multimillionaire businessman who narrowly lost re-election to liberal Democrat Jon Ossoff in 2020.

Having explored a bid for Georgia’s other Senate seat in 2022, Perdue actively sought Trump’s endorsement and then stood aside when the former president made it clear he wanted University of Georgia football legend Herschel Walker to carry the GOP banner.

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