Election 2022

Good Riddance, David Perdue

In a campaign that began with promise and ended with racist invective, the former Georgia senator performed so poorly as to not even qualify for a runoff.

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FiveThirtyEight reports that David Perdue, formerly a senator from Georgia, has failed to unseat Gov. Brian Kemp in the state's Republican primary. Despite name recognition and the endorsement of former President Donald Trump, Perdue failed to even keep Kemp under 50 percent of votes, which would have advanced them both to a runoff.

Trump, still chafing from his loss after the 2020 election, focused much of his ire on Georgia. In an effort to punish Kemp for his refusal to subvert the state's results, Trump convinced Perdue, who lost his Senate seat in the same election cycle, to challenge the governor in the Republican primary.

Perdue was elected to the Senate in 2014. While in office, he co-sponsored the Reforming American Innovation for a Strong Economy (RAISE) Act, which would have cut legal immigration in half. Despite initial reluctance, he came to support Trump's protectionist tariffs on Chinese-made steel and aluminum, which ended up lowering American steel output.

When Perdue ran for reelection in 2020, he billed himself "The Original Outsider"—this despite being a millionaire CEO, the cousin of then-Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue, and a Senator for more than half a decade. At a campaign rally two weeks before the election, he referred to Kamala Harris, then a candidate for vice president, as "Kah-ma-la, or Ka-mah-la, or Ka-mala-mala-mala, whatever." The incident was widely derided, with Democratic Party of Georgia Chair Nikema Williams calling it "bigoted and racist." Perdue would lose in a runoff to Jon Ossoff, which helped cement Democrats' control over the White House and both houses of Congress.

Since entering the governor's race, Perdue has doubled down. Despite having genuine policy ideas, he functionally ran a one-issue campaign based on election conspiracies. At a gubernatorial debate, he called the 2020 election "rigged and stolen" as part of his opening statement. In a recent poll, Kemp led Perdue in every demographic except for one: those for whom "election integrity" was their chief concern. And the day before the primary, he told a reporter that he may not accept the results.

Most galling, this past weekend, Perdue spoke of Stacey Abrams, the Democratic nominee who is running unopposed. Referring to critical comments she had made about life in Georgia, Perdue said that Abrams, who is black, was "demeaning her own race." He further added, "Hey, she ain't from here. Let her go back to where she came from."

In 2020, Perdue defended himself after his comments about Harris by claiming that he "simply mispronounced Sen. Harris's name, and he didn't mean anything by it." But it's hard to characterize his comments about Abrams as anything other than a racist smear.

Ultimately, Perdue's campaign flamed out. Despite starting the race in a dead heat with Kemp, Perdue slipped in the polls and never recovered. And even though Trump publicly endorsed Perdue in December, more recently he complained privately that he would no longer do any campaigning on Perdue's behalf. (Notably, Trump did not go to the trouble of publicly revoking his endorsement, as he did with Alabama Rep. Mo Brooks.)

There could be any number of explanations for why Republican primary voters did not connect with Perdue's campaign. Hopefully, one main reason is that they looked past Trump's endorsement and saw a man without principles, who would say whatever it took to get elected. Kemp advances to the general election in November against Abrams, while Perdue's candidacy meets its ignominious end today, amid election conspiracies and racist attacks. Good riddance.


Elsewhere in the state, today's results were largely cut-and-dry: After prevailing in a 2020 special election, Sen. Raphael Warnock is running for his first full term in November. He faced only one primary challenger, whom he defeated with more than 90 percent of votes cast. In the Republicans' race to be Warnock's eventual opponent, the field was more crowded, but the results were similarly unsurprising: Despite being a political neophyte (and a resident of Texas), football star Herschel Walker easily prevailed in a field of six candidates. The former running back enjoyed name recognition, hometown hero status, and Trump's backing.

Like Kemp, Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger earned Trump's ire for refusing to "find" enough votes for the former president to win Georgia in 2020. As of this writing, Raffensperger is holding off a challenge from Rep. Jody Hice, another Trump-backed candidate, with just over 50 percent of the vote.

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90 responses to “Good Riddance, David Perdue

  1. "Trump, still chafing from his loss after the 2020 election, focused much of his ire on Georgia. In an effort to punish Kemp for his refusal to subvert the state's results"

    Remember this horseshit, so that five years from now, when Joe Lancaster is trying to pretend that he didn't shill for the fraudsters, he can be reminded.

    1. I bet Hillary is still chafing from her loss as well.
      IT WAS HER TURN!

      1. And Stacey Abrams comes up in this story, who famously cried racism and fraud in the 2018 Georgia election when she lost and has never conceded the race.

        1. But that was different, because……. reasons.

          1. That was different because…..Reason magazine

        2. How did she go from bankruptcy to $3 million in the bank?
          Did she invest in Old Country Buffet?

    2. It's so great that Reason regularly publishes a DNC/Bulwark employee

      1. Nothing more libertarian than neocon hive mind.

  2. "Hey, she ain't from here. Let her go back to where she came from."

    "But it's hard to characterize his comments about Abrams as anything other than a racist smear."

    Unless you have a search engine and can find out that she was born in Wisconsin, and raised in Mississippi. She truly isn't from Georgia.

    Mr. Lancaster, your bigotry is showing.

    1. I'd love for Stacey Abrams to just go away forever. She's a blight on state politics. She's a sore fucking loser who cried about election fraud when she didn't win and never conceded the election she lost, mostly by throwing around utterly baseless and ridiculous allegatios.

      1. Yeah, but this time it will be different. Dominion will make sure she gets all 80 million votes.

    2. Calling out carpetbaggers is a racist dog whistle, bigot.

      1. Ol' Blue ain't got a racist bone in his body!
        (And I don't have to whistle for him, he's always at my side)

    3. That same google search will tell you that Stacy Abrams family moved to Atlanta in 1989. So, she has been in Georgia for over 30 years. I think she likely knows Georgia pretty well.

      1. And hates living in Georgia.

        CB

        1. I suggest that she moves to Chicago. A nice neighborhood, say the Loop or near the Miracle Mile or maybe Garfield Park or Austin.
          She should feel safe, after all mayor Lightfoot has the biggest dick in Chicago.

      2. That doesn’t make the statement racist.

    4. And even when they aren’t planning to rape the kids, their intention is to use the kids. To push an agenda or whatever. Using other peoples' kids is not ok.

      1. Wrong reply 🙁

  3. Most galling, this past weekend, Perdue spoke of Stacey Abrams, the Democratic nominee who is running unopposed. Referring to critical comments she had made about life in Georgia, Perdue said that Abrams, who is black, was "demeaning her own race." He further added, "Hey, she ain't from here. Let her go back to where she came from."

    First of all, I don't accept that this is racist on its face. If she's talking down to black people, then perhaps she actually is demeaning her own race. I find it interesting that you reference some remarks she made, without actually mentioning what they were. And she was complaining about living in the state of Georgia in those remarks, which is why someone might say, "Let her go back where she came from." Because she was born in Wisconsin, though she has lived in Georgia for over 30 years.

    Despite starting the race in a dead heat with Kemp, Perdue slipped in the polls and never recovered.

    Or perhaps there was an error in the polling? That was one single poll from one source December of last year that had the race in a dead heat. Every single poll afterward had Kemp with a lead, in most of them the lead was massive. And why wouldn't it? Kemp is an incumbent governor who had a pretty solid policy record for conservatives.

    There could be any number of explanations for why Republican primary voters did not connect with Perdue's campaign. Hopefully, one main reason is that they looked past Trump's endorsement and saw a man without principles, who would say whatever it took to get elected.

    He was kind of a shitty candidate, whose main virtue is that he's related to the former governor. I don't get why there's a gleeful takedown of him when he was in race that would be very difficult for him to win. Incumbents at high offices very seldom get primaried. I'd say his race went shockingly well for launching a primary challenge against a popular governor.

    1. Skin color is the most important thing

  4. Isn't the biggest story of the Ga primary about how wrong the race hustlers screaming voting rights and racist voter ID laws were? Abrams continuing to say the laws are racist despite historic turnout for a primary.

    1. The big story is that the figures on voter registration blow the "voter suppression" lie to pieces.

      -jcr

    2. One story goes against a Republican, the other goes against Democrats. Do we really doubt which is going to be covered by Republicans.

      1. Ugh. By Reason.

    3. You'd think Reason would have made a bigger deal about the claims proving to be laughably false.

      You'd think...but you'd be disappointed

    4. Ms. Abrams was on Joy Reids' MSNBC show claiming, along with Ms. Reid, that the voter turnout numbers do not indicate anything because it was a Republican primary. So it appears that now the narrative is that voter suppression affects only Democrat voters.

  5. But it's hard to characterize his comments about Abrams as anything other than a racist smear.

    Especially if you really, really, really want to believe he's racist.

    1. Skin color is the most important issue. Except butt sex, and illegal immigration and smoking mj.

      1. Oh, and abortions on demand until 1 month after birth. Sorry ENB.

  6. Joe's blinders are working the way Republican hacks designed them. Perdue is in fact a rabid girl-bullying Trumpanzee whose party is now shocked, SHOCKED to learn that women who do not like being hunted across state lines by bigots with guns can actually VOTE! So anyone lying for the girl-bulliers needs to practice skillful elision to make it look as though menacing women and doctors at gunpoint has nothing to do Christianofascist election defeats now that there is a 19th Amendment. Rotsa ruck with that one!

    1. Coming from you, that quite an endorsement. But watch out grandpa……. TRUMP’S GONNA GIT YA!!!!!

      Now fuck off.

    2. "Christianofascist"

      But the guys that purged the military, imprisoned dissidents without charges, shit on the first amendment, sicced the FBI on parents protesting rape, tried to mandate medical procedures and created an actual-factual MiniTru aren't the fascists...
      Oh no, in Hank's world it's still 1992 and that dratted Moral Majority is protesting porn and swearing.

      1. 1992? You’re being kind to Hank’s brain.

        1. More like 1692, where he birched about Christianofascist girl bullying members of the Gee oh Pee burning witches at the stake.

  7. Enough Perdue, let's talk Poudre. From my home state, this is some of the stuff that totally is made up by right wing demogogues:

    https://twitter.com/libsoftiktok/status/1523459616423645184?s=20&t=-craBW2D10oRKgvnuxY8VQ

    Feel free to watch the video, but the TL;DR is that a teacher recruited kids into a Gender Studies club. Kids told parents that it was an Art Club, but when kids arrived on site, they were presented with constructs like the "Gender Bread" metaphor that insists gender is not binary. The teacher gave kids specific warnings not to tell their parents and also gave them her personal contact information.

    This is grooming. I am not being hyperbolic here. It is grooming. I am heavily invested in the Scouts BSA, and they had to make some major changes in the wake of sex scandals of the past. Those changes include: Not allowing adults to be alone with kids. Not allowing those adults to promote secret clubs. Not allowing those adults to maintain private lines of communication with those kids. And not allowing adults to have secret lesson plans that are not shared with parents.

    These changes were made PRECISELY because they were the behaviors that were directly identified as the behaviors leading to abuse. This. Is. Grooming.

    1. I can't understand what the end game is for a lot of these school divisions and corporations that promote this stuff. Nobody can be so ignorant as to not recognize what is going down here. It's absolutely grooming and wrong as hell.

    2. Nuh uh.

      —Lying Jeffy

    3. Just renewed my YPT myself and, if anything, you're underselling how completely and exhaustively this rings every alarm bell and hits every last bullet point that Scouts has been (rightly) mandated to stamp out of their organization.

      Providing children funneled access to adult material? Check.
      Exploiting public organizations with lax, nebulous, or non-existent rules regarding the exploitation of children? Check.
      Using positions of publicity and authority to groom *parents* and earn their trust? Check.

    4. And even when they aren’t planning to rape the kids, their intention is to use the kids. To push an agenda or whatever. Using other peoples' kids is not ok.

    5. Wasn't that long ago that gay groups were screaming, suing and having BSA thrown out of every public accommodation because they wouldn't admit gays. Now I'm hearing a lot of lawyer ads inviting people to join lawsuits suing the BSA for past abuse. WTF?

  8. Too bad that guy in Texas didn’t shoot up a Mormon church

    1. Or a Jewish synagogue, right?

    2. I can always count on you for the Jeselnik angle.

    3. I am hoping that more mass shootings move to churches where they belong.

  9. I don’t really care about Purdue.

    But this article is leftist drivel. You’re an awful human being, Lancaster.

    1. Expect nothing more from an Amherst grad.

    2. Well said.

    3. Nothing like regurgitated DNC talking points at a Libertarian website/magazine. But Reason editors are DEFINITELY not far left progressives. Neither is Jeffy or Mike. No sirree Bob!

  10. This thread stinks of MAGA.

    1. Amd you stink of the rotten Marxist shit that occupies the dead space within your cranium. Now fuck off faggot.

    2. And now it stinks of pedo.

  11. I had no idea Wisconsin was a different race.

  12. It appears that Trump's endorsement is, in general, worth not quite one-third of the Republican primary vote in statewide elections. That was the case in Ohio (Vance got 32.2% of the vote), in Pennsylvania (Oz with about 31.2%), and in Nebraska (Herbster got 29.9%).

    Perdue seems to have significantly underperformed, with 22% of the vote.

    1. Uh huh. Yet Trump endorsees have consistently won.

      1. I don't know if there's any causal relationship. I think Trump is picking people who were likely to win, or the people with enough money to win are getting Trump's attention before their competitors. He endorsed Herschel Walker, who was likely going to win the instant he announced even if Trump came out against him. But Trump also endorsed Purdue due to his grudge against Kemp, and Purdue was destroyed by Kemp's overwhelming popularity. And Trump backed Jody Hice against the incumbant Secretary of State, but Raffensberger is going to win that with no run-off as well.

        He did endorse the guy who took the nomination for Lieutenant Governor, as well.

        1. Was Purdue destroyed by Kemp's popularity, or was he destroyed by leftist influence?

          The left, knowing that they were going to lose Georgia no matter what, crowned the idiot queen, Abrams, as their nominee and were then free to attack the 'Trump candidate'--which they did.

          But did they win anything?

          And, more importantly, did Trump?

          1. The left is not conceding Georgia. Stacey Abrams is freaking everywhere. There are ads running constantly, and she wasn't even running against anyone. They literally burned money for nothing because there's so much money pouring into her campaign (and one might point out that she went from middle class to multi-millionaire in the past 4 years, after losing an election). There's still money pouring in.

            And you'd better believe there's a massive push to "fortify" the Georgia election this year. There's somehow out trying to ensure she wins at all costs, and people will not accept that the election is legitimate if she loses again. There might actually be riots if she loses. I'm almost hoping it does happen just to watch the left pivot on what is considered "inciting political violence."

        2. " Purdue was destroyed by Kemp's overwhelming popularity. "

          In combination with an open primary where the Democrat was unopposed.

          1. Georgia does not have an open primary.

        3. GA's republican machine is pure swamp.
          Kemp is corrupt garbage, but wise enough to allow good economic policy.
          Perdue is chamber of commerce garbage, like Loeffler.
          No reason to ditch Kemp for a barely/possibly less corrupt piece of shit.

  13. "Kah-ma-la, or Ka-mah-la, or Ka-mala-mala-mala, whatever."

    I've heard Democrat supporters of hers, and the media (but I repeat myself) pronounce her name at least 4 different ways on a regular basis.

    1. Yes, that's the joke. I believe that Kamala herself has shifted the pronunciation of her own name, but I'm too lazy to research it.

    2. It is usually pronounced "Who?"

  14. Column, comments: TL;DR-- "If you have any poo, fling it now."

  15. I don’t know anything about Perdue, but this story makes Reason writers look even more like leftist partisan clowns than before.

    1. Interesting how many articles here solely exist to attack Republicans and conservatives, including those nobody has heard of. In contrast, there are really no such articles against left wing politicians and radicals. Any criticism of the left is soft-peddled and countered by a both sides claim that doesn't really fit

  16. "Democratic Party of Georgia Chair Nikema Williams calling it "bigoted and racist.""

    Yes, cannot fathom a better, impartial source of what is and what is not racist than...the head of the Democrat Party of that state.

  17. David Perdue's comments on Stacy Abrams and the recent shooting in Buffalo show that there is enough of a racist streak in the Republican party for candidates to target it for votes. I like to see the Republican Party do a better job of cleaning this up. They let it in the door with remarks on President Obama's and it has festered. Time to dump it in the trash.

    1. The California Republican Party, which once gave us Ronald Reagan, shot itself in the foot by refusing to give up on its crypto-racism. Not everyone, but enough of them that the voters just gave up on them. The constant drum beat of anti-Latino sentiment in an almost-majority Latino state doomed them. Not overt, but people know xenophobia when they see it.

      The party was indeed changing, but there were enough bad apples about that it was doomed. Even today there are LOTS of good people in the party, a thriving Latino caucus, bright names like McClintock. But a bad reputation is hard to shrug off and it's going to take years to over come it.

      1. Yeah. Schwarzenegger lost because he came across as racist, Austrian GOP goose-stepper.

        1. You might want to listen to Schwarzenegger because he makes a lot more sense than the current crop of Republicans.

          1. So, you agree that GOP xenophobia isn't the sole reason why CA GOPers can't win in CA then.

      2. Brandyshit, still trying to excuse his raging case of TDS.

    2. The majority of this forum, at best, doesn't listen to you. What makes you think the GOP is sitting around going, "That Moderation4ever's got a lot of clout and knows how to win elections, I wonder what he's thinking?"

      1. I am not looking for listeners, I am expressing my views. As for Republicans they can do as they please. I have voted for them in the past and may again in future. But not if they think the racists vote is more important than my vote.

        1. But not if they think the racists vote is more important than my vote.

          How about if they think your vote and a racist's vote are pretty much equivalent?

        2. In a time of war and economic hardship, you prioritize your feelings about yourself.

    3. In other words, very specific special people have an absolute right to have their feelings catered to.

      And everyone else gets to casually be called "trash" or some other slur and tarred with guilt-by-association because we are all second class relative to the special people.

      No. Respect for everyone or no expectation of respect for anyone. Not one inch of accommodation for double-standards pushers.

      Where’s Abrams apology for her comments?

    4. David Perdue's comments on Stacy Abrams and the recent shooting in Buffalo show that there is enough of a racist streak in the Republican party for candidates to target it for votes

      Was this racist smear less serious, on par, or worse than Biden's racist smear(s) who is, I'm told from the writers of this here magazine, "wrong within normal parameters"?

      1. Democrats are incapable of "Racist smears", didn't you know?

    5. "David Perdue's comments on Stacy Abrams and the recent shooting in Buffalo show that there is enough of a racist streak in the Republican party for candidates to target it for votes."

      How does a Leftist shooting up folks have anything to do with Republicans?

      "I like to see the Republican Party do a better job of cleaning this up. They let it in the door with remarks on President Obama's and it has festered. Time to dump it in the trash."

      When the Democrats swear off of Sharpton, we can talk.

  18. "...Trump, still chafing from his loss after the 2020 election,.."

    This from the TDS-addled assholee Lancaster, still attempting to get a grip on his obsession.

  19. In 2020, Perdue defended himself after his comments about Harris by claiming that he "simply mispronounced Sen. Harris's name, and he didn't mean anything by it." But it's hard to characterize his comments about Abrams as anything other than a racist smear.

    Was this racist smear less serious, on par, or worse than Biden's racist smear(s) who is, I'm told from the writers of this here magazine, "wrong within normal parameters"?

  20. Also, is the "racism" of Perdue less serious, on par, or worse than the explicit racism now expressed and fully embraced in mainstream circles of the Democratic party?

  21. Georgia actually needs someone like DeSantis. Neither Abrams nor Kemp , especially Abrams has what it takes to revive Georgia. The entire state will take on the same posture as Atlanta, a city so bad that surrounding towns want to exit.
    Kemp, however does not enjoy total support from all republicans either.
    Kamala Harris is an embarrassment to all Americans. She is a joke to the rest of the world. She can't even register as a lightweight, she's below that. Calling her a stupid whore is beneath the dignity of the Office.

  22. He must be from the other branch of the Perdue family - whose motto is - It takes a tough man to make out with a chicken.

  23. Other Georgia novelty candidates we Georgians would love to say "Good Riddance!" to also include Marge and Herschel Walker.

  24. Racist campaign? No.

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