Perdue opts out of 2022 Senate race

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ATLANTA, Ga – After taking the first step and filing paperwork with the Federal Election Commission, former Senator David Perdue (R – Ga) announced this morning that he would not seek a Senate seat in 2022.

Perdue would have faced off against Senator Raphael Warnock (D – Ga), who beat Kelly Loeffler in the January runoff. Senator Jon Ossoff won Perdue’s seat in the same runoff.

In a statement, the former Georgia senator called his decision a “personal, not political one” and expressed confidence in the Republican Party defeating the Democrats in 2022. He added that Georgia “is not a blue state.”

He also put pressure on the General Assembly to close any election law loopholes, so every legal vote counts.

See the full statement below:

“Dear Friends,

After much prayer and reflection, Bonnie and I have decided that we will not enter the race for the United States Senate in Georgia in 2022. This is a personal decision, not a political one. I am confident that whoever wins the Republican Primary next year will defeat the Democrat candidate in the General election for this seat, and I will do everything I can to make that happen. As we saw in my race in November, Georgia is not a blue state. The more Georgians that vote, the better Republicans do. These two current liberal US Senators do not represent the values of a majority of Georgians.

I am hopeful that the Georgia General Assembly, along with our statewide elected officials, will correct the inequities in our state laws and election rules so that, in the future, every legal voter will be treated equally, and illegal votes will not be included. I will do everything I can to be helpful in this effort.

It has been the honor of my life to have represented the people of Georgia in the United States Senate.
Bonnie and I want to thank my fantastic staff and everybody in the state and around the country for all the help they have given us. May God continue to bless Georgia and the United States of America.

God Bless,

David and Bonnie Perdue”

With Perdue officially bowing out, it opens the Republican field to potential newcomers. Trump’s promised to participate in Georgia’s primaries after the 2020 election. He’s unhappy with Governor Brian Kemp (R – Ga) for not overturning the results.

David Perdue takes steps to run against Warnock in 2022

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David Perdue 2022 Senate

ATLANTA, Ga – The 2022 U.S. Senate race starts heating up with former U.S. Senator David Perdue (R – Ga) filing paperwork to potentially run against Senator Raphael Warnock (D – Ga).

The former senator, who lost his runoff against Jon Ossoff on January 5, established the “Perdue for Senate” campaign on Monday with the Federal Election Commission.

This move doesn’t necessarily mean Perdue will enter the race, and Fox News is reporting, he will decide in the coming weeks. However, the conservative news outlet also indicates Perdue is leaning toward running.

If Perdue runs against Warnock, it leaves another prominent Georgia Republican and former Ninth District Representative Doug Collins in an interesting position. Sources say Collins’ also considering another Senate bid in 2022. 

Taken from the FEC website on February 15, 2021.

In a jungle primary, Collins came in third against Warnock and former Senator Kelly Loeffler (R). Warnock later beat Loeffler in the runoff.

Related: Doug Collins will appear on BKP Politics on Tuesday, February 16 at 8 a.m.

Perdue won his Senate seat in 2014 and quickly aligned himself with President Trump in 2016. The President has strongly indicated that he would be involved in the Georgia 2022 elections following Governor Brian Kemp’s refusal to overturn the election.

Ossoff received 50.6 percent of the vote in the runoff to 49.4 percent for Perdue. On November 3, Perdue led Ossoff before dropping below 50 percent to push the race to a runoff.

Warnock and Ossoff’s wins handed the Senate control over to the Democrats, with 50 Senators and Vice President Kamala Harris (D) serving as the tie-breaking vote.

Senator Raphael Warnock

Senator Raphael Warnock

2022 will see Georgia become a political hotbed once again with Governor Brian Kemp (R), Lt. Governor Geoff Duncan (R), and Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger (R) up for reelection. Many in the Republican Party aren’t happy with the incumbents following the November 3 election. Trump’s stated he intends to find primary candidates against Kemp at least. Politicos look for Stacey Abrams (D) to run against Kemp in the general election as a 2018 rematch.

BKP speaks with Republican Senator David Perdue

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Mere days before the run-off election deciding the Georgia’s Senate seats for this term, David Perdue (R), current Senator and incumbent candidate, is preparing for the final push up to election day. Counties across the state have reported record turn-outs for voting during 2020 and it looks like this election will see more voters than usual as well.

Voters are also turning out to rallies and campaign events as well. With debates still going over the Presidential Election and voters asking for continuing support, Perdue notes that he was among the few Senators who supported Trump before he was initially elected. Perdue said he fought with Trump as he turned the nations economy to it’s “best economic turnaround in history.”

Going through options and ideas in fighting what they are calling corruption in the recent election.

It is constantly a struggle against the Democrats according to Perdue who said that he is continuing to do everything that Trump asks him to do for that support.

Perdue noted, though, that people who are angry need to support Trump and the Republicans, but they also need to get out to vote. With numerous registered voters in every district still not voting on election day, Perdue calls to citizens saying that they are trying to fight the corruption and make the vote fair. He said they are working hard but it is very frustrating that people are still not voting.

Part of the efforts he has been working towards, Perdue has spoken with President Trump on Christmas Day. Perdue noted the stimulus and support for small businesses, people, and those in need from the pandemic fallout.

Perdue went on to speak on the omnibus bill at the federal level and looking at the efforts of the president fighting for people.

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Senator David Perdue

This was a great focus of Perdue in his time with BKP as he pointed to national security and what is at stake in the January election.

Perdue said that Jon Ossoff has been paid for two years by the Chinese Communist Party. Perdue said, “This is another example of how the Chinese Communist Party is trying to influence American Politics. They got in Hunter Biden’s pocket, they got into Congressman Swalwell’s bedroom, and they got into Jon Ossoff’s ego and his ambition to be an elected official. For two years after he ran for the U.S. House of Representatives and lost against Karen Handel in 2017. The very next year they hire him and pay him for two years. He hid it from the people of Georgia during his Primary this year. He lied about it. When he got caught, he came clean and then lied about it again.”

Perdue said that Ossoff is not good for Georgia because he is being controlled and influenced by China just like Biden and Swalwell. He noted that if the Republicans lose these two seats, then Biden will absolutely ruin everything in America that we have fought for.

Perdue called on voters again and said, “Don’t do it for me, don’t do it for Kelly, don’t do it for yourselves. Look at the children and think about their children. This is what’s at stake right now, the form of America. What America will look like in 50 to 100 years is determined by these two Senate races.”

“Freedoms on the ballot”; Mike Pence encourages Georgia voters

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VP Mike Pence looks out at Georgia crowd in Gainesville.

 

VP Mike Pence looks out at Georgia crowd in Gainesville.

VP Mike Pence looks out at Georgia crowd in Gainesville.

Vice President Mike Pence pointed into the lively crowd and said Georgia is “up for the task” as the Jan. 5 runoff approaches for the U.S. Senate election.

“Here in Georgia, we’re going to have us a rodeo.”

Pence made his way to Gainesville as part of his “Defend the Majority Rally.” The stop was held at the Chicopee Woods Agricultural Center promptly at 3:15 p.m.

Mike Pence, Senators David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler, as well as Commissioner McDonald, spoke to hundreds of Georgia voters.

With the first election results for Senate, Warnock obtained under 33% of the vote. Loeffler received under 26% and Republican Doug Collins – who ran against Loeffler for the conservative vote – received under 20%. Since Collins conceded Loeffler, he has since then endorsed her. This gives potential to unite the Republican vote in the January runoff.

VP Mike Pence looks out at Georgia crowd in Gainesville.

Loeffler will face Rafael Warnock. Perdue will run against Democratic challenger Jon Ossoff.

A runoff election is a second election that is held to determine a winner. This happens when neither candidate in the first election met the required threshold to win. Georgia law states that if no candidate breaks 50%, the top two vote-getters will run again to determine a winner.

Perdue stressed to voters the importance of early voting with his worry of ice storms in Georgia.

“We need your help to make sure the road to socialism never runs through the state of Georgia,” Perdue said. “By getting the vote out again, we will tell America and the Democratic party and the world that the work we’ve done the last four year has not been for not. We’re going to protect the work of Donald Trump and Mike Pence over the last four years that made America great again.”

Pence promised the voters that they are and will continue to fight on a legal matter with getting in the correct votes for the 2020 election and for America. Pence said President Donald Trump and himself stand strong with both Perdue and Loeffler.

Woman with Trump 2020 hat on holds up an American flag

“We’re going to keep fighting until every legal vote is counted. We’re going to keep fighting until every illegal vote is thrown out and whatever the future holds, we will never stop fighting to make America great again,” Pence said. “That’s why Georgia and America need David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler back in a Republican majority.”

Pence spoke to the crowd to campaign for Perdue and Loeffler with the upcoming January runoff. The runoff is crucial to the Republican party, beings it will determine which party has control over the Senate.

Loeffler reiterated to voters what is important to her, which is “conservative values.”

“It is our job to keep America great, keep fighting for this President, keep fighting for this Vice President because they love America,” Loeffler said. “We’re going to be fighting for your conservative values.”

The Vice President also took the time to talk about the successes of the Trump Administration, highlighted the restoration of America’s military and said Trump has been a man of his word. Additionally, Loeffler, Perdue, Pence and Trump are firm believers in supporting law enforcement.

Pence stated that Pfizer turned in their vaccine to the FDA, with 40 million vaccines to be distributed across America by the end of the year.

“That’s the leadership of President Donald Trump; we’re in the miracle business,” Pence said.

The Georgia Secretary of State officially reported President Trump’s loss of Georgia overall in the 2020 election. President-elect Joe Biden makes him the first Democratic presidential nominee to win Georgia since Bill Clinton in 1992.

(left to right) Kelly Loeffler, Mike Pence and David Perdue engage with Georgia crowd at rally

With early, in-person voting in Georgia starting on Dec. 13, Pence said it is crucial to go out and vote for Senators that will continue to defend important American rights.

“A careful study of U.S. history shows that every time the American people are given a choice, between a future of more freedom and a future of less freedom, the American people choose freedom every time…so go tell them freedoms on the ballot on January 5.”

Party in-fighting erupts among Georgia Republicans

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ATLANTA, Ga – Republican Senators David Perdue, Kelly Loeffler, and Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger (R) trade barbs concerning the integrity of Georgia’s election process.

In a joint statement, Perdue and Loeffler requested the resignation of Raffensperger, citing “the management of Georgia’s elections has become an embarrassment for our state” and failure to deliver honest elections.

However, the statement lists zero evidence of voter fraud or specific examples of the Secretary of State’s election failures. The Georgia Republicans and Senators are both in separate January 5, 2021 runoffs. Perdue is facing Democrat challenger Jon Ossoff. Loeffler is in contention against Democrat Raphael Warnock.

The statement goes on to address that every legal vote should be counted and for transparency in the county process.
“We believe where there are failures, they need to be called out – even when it’s in your own party. There have been too many failures in Georgia elections this year and the most recent election shined a national light on the problems.”

The complete statement from Georgia Republicans and Senators Perdue and Loeffler.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Raffensperger’s Response

In a rebuttal statement, Raffensperger asserts that he has no intention of resigning, “the voters of Georgia hired me, and the voters will be the one to fire me.”

Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger (R)

The Secretary of State lists the facts pertaining to the November 3 election and the days following. Almost five million Georgians cast ballots in this election. 75 percent voted in person, and 25 percent voted no-excuse absentee ballot. The no-excuse absentee law was passed by a Republican legislature with support from Speaker David Ralston and signed by then-Governor Sonny Perdue.

Senator Perdue received more votes from Georgians than President Trump, and the president garnered the most votes ever for the Republican presidential candidate in Georgia.

The Secretary of State’s office is and will be investigating any “specific allegations of illegal voting.” It also has a monitor in Fulton County, “one of the longtime problem Democrat-run counties.”

“I care about counting each and every legal vote… and assuring that illegal votes won’t be counted,” Raffensperger added.

He agrees that illegal voting probably occurred in Georgia, but not to the extent, or margin necessary, to change the presidential race outcome.

Concerning the lack of transparency charge, he directed attention to the daily, sometimes twice daily, press conferences and hourly number updates.

Raffensperger alludes to problems with federal law when it comes to maintaining “clean voter rolls.”

“Federal law, not state law, is what allows people to register to vote before a runoff even if they weren’t registered in for the general election. Now that Senators Perdue and Loeffler are concerned about elections, hopefully, they can fix these federal laws.”

Secretary of State ends with a promise to do his duty as an elected official and is concerned about Republicans maintaining the U.S. Senate. He suggests that Perdue and Loeffler “focus on that.”

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