Saturday May 21st, 2022 5:21AM

Perdue continues to tout Trump endorsement despite poll

By Mitch Clarke Director of News and Content

Republican gubernatorial candidate David Perdue said he's unfazed by a recent poll that suggests his endorsement from former President Donald Trump may have no effect on the race.

The poll commissioned by Nexstar Media showed only a third of Republican primary voters said the endorsement makes them more likely to vote for Perdue. Among undecided voters in the poll, six in 10 said the endorsement won't affect their choice.

"We've always had a strategy to make sure that people knew I had the Trump endorsement," Perdue said last week on WDUN's "Newsroom. "And the reason for that is because we've been fighting for the same agenda. I was in the United States Senate when we helped create the best economic turnaround in U.S. history. I’m reminded that some of voters have having buyer's remorse over this madness of the Biden administration."

Perdue has a history of trailing in polls before surging to a win. He said he'll continue to work hard taking his message to voters.

"In 2014 (in his first race for the U.S. Senate), all these polls, including this one has us down 10 points or more," he said. "And we won that by eight points. And same type of result in 2021. We got 90,000 more votes than the Democrat and 480,000 more than Brian Kemp got in '18."

The Nexstar poll gave Gov. Brian Kemp an 11-point lead over Perdue. It also showed Kemp will fair slightly better than Perdue against Democrat Stacey Abrams. Kemp and Perdue face off in the May 24 Republican primary with the winner to face Abrams in November.

In recent weeks, Perdue has come out against a $5 billion economic development deal to bring an electric vehicle plant to Georgia. Gov Brian Kemp announced the Rivian automotive plant project in December, calling it the biggest economic development deal in state history.

But Perdue said Kemp rushed the project through to bolster his bid for re-election, without bothering to consider objections for resident who live near the proposed site of the plant.

"They really didn't get the buy in and the local community didn't talk to them." Perdue said. "They talked to about a half a dozen guys who are gonna make $120 million off of this by selling land at $60,000 an acre. That's the first issue I had. But the main thing I'm concerned about is the local people did not get treated fairly. They did not have a voice in this."


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