Former U.S. Sen. David Perdue plans to challenge Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp in the Republican primary next year, according to multiple people with knowledge of his decision, setting up a divisive contest between two of the state’s leading GOP figures ahead of a likely general election matchup with Stacey Abrams.
Perdue’s announcement, expected to be delivered Monday, comes days after Abrams, an icon to many Democrats, announced she would run for governor for a second time. Perdue has told allies he was motivated to join the race because he fears Kemp can’t defeat the Democrat again.
His campaign will deepen a divide in the state GOP stoked by former President Donald Trump, who is expected to support Perdue. That points to a difficult 2022 election for the party following huge losses in the last campaign cycle, when Democrats captured Georgia in a presidential race for the first time since 1992 and then flipped both of the state’s U.S. Senate seats in dual runoffs that decided control of the chamber...
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