Perdue to challenge Kemp in Georgia governor primary: report

Former Sen. David PerdueDavid PerdueAbrams treads carefully in relationship with Biden  Stacey Abrams's shocking snub of Biden, Harris signals possible 2024 aspirations Kemp pads out campaign war chest ahead of tough reelection bid MORE (R-Ga.) will announce his bid to challenge incumbent Gov. Brian KempBrian KempAbrams treads carefully in relationship with Biden  Four states declare states of emergency ahead of weekend snowstorm Stacey Abrams's shocking snub of Biden, Harris signals possible 2024 aspirations MORE (R-Ga.) in the GOP gubernatorial primary, according to sources who spoke with Politico.

Individuals informed of Perdue's plans told Politico that the former senator will announce his campaign on Monday via video at the same time as he files the paperwork to run. He has already reportedly begun discussions on receiving an endorsement from former President TrumpDonald TrumpWendy Sherman takes leading role as Biden's 'hard-nosed' Russia negotiator Senate needs to confirm Deborah Lipstadt as antisemitism envoy — Now Former acting Defense secretary under Trump met with Jan. 6 committee: report MORE.

News of Perdue's gubernatorial campaign comes just days after Democrat Stacey Abrams launched her campaign to unseat Kemp. Abrams ran against Kemp in 2018, losing to him by less than two percent of the vote.

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In a stunning defeat at the beginning of this year, Perdue lost his Senate seat to Democrat Jon OssoffJon OssoffOn the Money — Student borrowers stare down rising prices Top Biden adviser expresses support for ban on congressional stock trades Hawley introduces bill banning lawmakers from making stock trades in office MORE in the Georgia runoff elections. Georgia's former junior Sen. Kelly LoefflerKelly LoefflerEleven interesting races to watch in 2022 Democrats' selective hearing on law and order issues puts everyone at risk Pelosi faces pushback over stock trade defense MORE (R) ended up losing her seat to Democratic candidate Raphael WarnockRaphael WarnockOvernight Energy & Environment — Lummis holds up Biden EPA picks Dems block Cruz's Nord Stream 2 sanctions bill Dems worry they'll be boxed out without changes to filibuster, voting rules  MORE as well, giving Democrats a slight edge in the Senate. 

In February of this year, Perdue confirmed that he would not be running for U.S. Senate again in 2022, saying that it was "a personal decision, not a political one."

Politico noted that Kemp had said as recently as last week that Perude told him he had no plans of running for governor either.

“All I know is what Sen. Perdue has told me, I hope he’ll be a man of his word, but again that’s not anything I can control,” said Kemp.

According to Politico, Trump recruited Perdue to challenge Kemp because of the governor's decision to not block the state's 2020 presidential election results, resulting in Georgia going to Biden.

Abrams' entry into the race has already set the stage for one of the most competitive gubernatorial races in the country. Should Perdue clinch the GOP's nomination, he will have to face off against the woman who many commentators credited with helping oust him from office.