While speaking to a crowd waiting for a rally with former President Donald Trump, former Sen. David Perdue, a Republican seeking to unseat Georgia’s current GOP Gov. Brian Kemp in the upcoming May primary, said that he wants to revive an investigation of the 2020 election.
Perdue lost his seat in the Senate to Democrat Jon Ossoff in the state’s 2021 runoff election, and he is currently behind Kemp in the polls.
Perdue secured Trump’s endorsement after Kemp refused to look to overturn President Joe Biden’s victory in the state. “I’ve been fighting alongside of him all the way and I’m fighting right now to find out what happened in 2020 and make sure that those people responsible for that fraud in 2020 go to jail,” Perdue said at the event.
Perdue’s claims echo those of Trump that the election was rigged to assist in handing Biden the victory, and the former senator is placing blame on Kemp, who chose not to overturn the results for the state. Biden won the state by a margin of less than 12,000 votes. Trump consistently held that widespread voter fraud allowed Biden to secure the victory in Georgia as well as throughout several key states.
“In the state of Georgia, thanks to Brian Kemp, our elections in 2020 were absolutely stolen,” said Perdue just ahead of Trump’s appearance on the stage in Commerce Georgia.
Perdue is possibly Trump’s highest-profile endorsement to-date, but Perdue’s chances of winning in the state seem to be dwindling as Kemp has held a significant lead over the former senator in the polls. Perdue has promised that if he is elected, he will bolster election security by starting a law enforcement division solely dedicated to investigating fraud as well as requiring audits of elections.
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