Without MAGA we will all lose in November, Perdue warns Georgia voters

  • The Trump-backed Perdue is trailing the Georgia governor. Brian Kemp before the GOP primary on Tuesday.
  • The Perdue camp says Trump’s support was a big reason why Kemp became governor in 2018.
  • Splitting the party now, Perdue argues, gives the Democrats an edge this fall.

ATLANTA, Georgia — GOP gubernatorial candidate David Purdue tells Georgia voters, still in the lead-up to Tuesday’s primary, that they support the incumbent governor. Brian Kemp is useless because Kemp will not be able to unite MAGA and the establishment wing of the Republican Party in time to defeat presumptive Democratic nominee Stacey Abrams this fall.

“He split the party. So I’m very concerned that he’ll have a hard time pulling us together again in November,” said Perdue, who is 30 points behind Kemp during a campaign event in August in recent polls. Georgia.

Whether he’s trying to convince himself or others of the relevance of supporting Trump, the last-minute statement resonated with locals who see Kemp’s split with the former president over the 2020 election as disqualifying.

Lost supporter Sharon Fry, 65, told Insider she worked on Kemp’s first gubernatorial proposal in 2018. And the only reason he barely beat Abrams last time was because the MAGA world had their back.

“It took the approval of Donald Trump. It took everyone to support Brian Kemp — even the people who didn’t support him in the runoff,” she said of the concentrated effort it took to bolster the 50,000 votes that kept the state from going blue. “Brian Kemp doesn’t have full support this time around.”

Trump orchestrated much of this erosion, having spent the past few years lashing out at Kemp, Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, and Republican officials in other swing states, where Joe Biden defeated him in 2020.

Trump’s incessant attacks on RINO, which means “Republican in name only,” still carry weight for diehard fans who miss the chaos he’s created in Washington.

Bikers for Trump founder Chris Cox voiced his dissatisfaction with RINO on Friday night, saying that by ignoring Trump’s wishes, Kemp, former Vice President Mike Pence and former President George W. Bush proved they had more to do with Biden than MAGA.

“We already have someone in the Let’s Go Brandon administration who does the opposite of Donald Trump,” Cox told attendees during a rally in support of Perdue and the freshman Rep. Marjorie Taylor Green from Georgia.

Cox added that the status quo meant Kemp had to go.

“Georgia deserves a governor like Ron DeSantis,” Cox said, praising the militant Florida Republican and would-be presidential candidate in 2024 for sticking steadfastly to his pro-establishment views.

Gordon Country resident Christy Ellis, 50, told Insider about her doubts about Kemp. She started off by saying she wasn’t sure Kemp could beat Abrams in an expected rematch this November, but then the conversation took a darker turn.

“What good is that? Who cares?” Ellis said he was giving Kemp a shot at re-election, given that he “only represents Stacy Abrams neighborhoods” anyway.

“I don’t think it would matter if he really beat her. Because, I mean, it’s a hoax,” Ellis predicted.

Amy Rose, 44, who said she voted for Kemp in 2018, expressed a similar sense of alienation.

Rose told Insider that she supports Candice Taylor, a woman running on the Jesus, Guns and Children platform, for governor because all the other GOP candidates have left her behind.

“It’s just the same thing over and over again, whether it’s Democrats or Republicans,” Rose said of her disillusionment with mainstream politics. “They’re all in the same boat.”

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