Perdue says he would support objecting to Electoral College vote
Sen. David Perdue (R-Ga.) said Sunday that he would support challenging the Electoral College vote if he remains on the Senate.
Perdue faces a runoff contest on Tuesday to win reelection and will miss the Jan. 6 session the next day, when the Senate is set to vote on the results of the election.
Fox News’s Sunday Morning Futures host Maria Bartiromo asked Perdue if he would challenge the votes like a dozen of his GOP colleagues announced they would on Saturday.
“You know, when I first saw the magnitude of the irregularities back in December, early December, about our November race, I called for the resignation of our secretary of state. I repeatedly called for a special session of the General Assembly to investigate. None of that happened. And so I started calling out for — the only thing left for the president is for us to object. And I agreed that I would do that,” said Perdue.
“The technical problem is that I won’t be certified until this election is certified some week to 10 days after the election, when we win on Tuesday,” he added. “But I’m encouraging my colleagues to object. This is something that the American people demand right now. You heard in the last section that there are huge irregularities in Georgia. They need to be investigated. And they need to be corrected, in my opinion.”
— Maria Bartiromo (@MariaBartiromo) January 3, 2021
Perdue has indicated in the past that he would support opposing the election results. In December he told reporter Lauren Windsor that he was going to challenge the results. This earned the praise of Trump who wrote, “David is a great guy and a patriot.”
Eleven GOP senators announced on Saturday they would be challenging the Electoral College votes on Wednesday. Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) had already announced his intention to challenge he result.
Earlier on Sunday, fellow GOP Georgia Sen. Kelly Loeffler, who also faces a runoff race on Tuesday to keep her seat, avoided committing to a decision regarding the electoral challenge during an interview on Fox News Sunday with Bret Baier.
Perdue and Loeffler will face off against Democratic challengers Jon Ossoff and Rev. Raphael Warnock respectively on Jan. 5. Three million Georgia voters have already cast their ballots. The outcome of these elections will determine which party controls the Senate, with Democrats needing to win both contests.