(RoyalPatriot.com )- Former President Donald Trump has been involved in the lead-up to the midterm elections for a while now, endorsing candidates he believes would be loyal to him and his policies.
Now, he’s jumping directly into the fray, appearing recently in an ad for former Senator David Perdue, who’s running for governor in Georgia.
In Perdue’s first ad for his campaign, which was released Tuesday, Trump appears and says that incumbent Republican Governor Brian Kemp has “let us down.”
In the ad, Trump says:
“The Democrats walked all over Brian Kemp. He was afraid of Stacey ‘The Hoax’ Abrams. Brian Kemp let us down. We can’t let it happen again.”
Perdue is a former senator who represented Georgia from 2015 to 2021. In January of 2021, he lost a special runoff election to Democrat Jon Ossoff. His loss, plus that of Kelly Loeffler to Raphael Warnock, gave the Democrats the technical majority in the Senate that they now have.
Still, Perdue has a solid following among Republicans in the state. As for Trump, he turned on Kemp after the incumbent governor refused to aid the former president when he tried to overturn the 2020 presidential election results.
As a result, Trump urged Perdue to run for governor, after he initially filed to challenge Warnock in the midterm elections to return to the Senate.
In December, Trump gave out an official endorsement of Purdue, saying he will “eliminate the Income Tax, secure the Elections, defend the Second Amendment, support our great Farmers, get crime in Atlanta and other places under control, take care of our great Vets, and put parents back in charge of the schools.”
The gubernatorial race in Georgia is proving to be a hotbed. It’s a little out of the ordinary for an incumbent governor to face a serious challenge from within his own party. Kemp may not even make it through the Republican primary, even though he’s currently in office.
But, that’s the effect that Trump can have on politics.
A recent poll conducted by Quinnipiac University found that Kemp is still ahead of Perdue by roughly 7% among Republicans who are likely to vote.
There are other candidates in the race on the Republican side, but they find themselves significantly behind the two main candidates in Kemp and Perdue.
Whoever emerges victorious in the Republican primary is likely to face off against Abrams, an activist for voting rights who made a big name for herself leading up to the 2020 presidential election. Abrams ran against Kemp in 2018, but fell about 55,000 votes shy of winning.
Abrams is a huge critic of Trump’s, which is even more reason the former president is getting involved in the Georgia gubernatorial election.
When he endorsed Perdue for the job, Trump said Kemp is a “very weak Governor.” He added “RINOs [had] run all over him on Election Integrity, and more.”