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David Perdue, Newt Gingrich, visit Fayetteville in campaign for Governor

David Perdue and Newt Gingrich speak in Fayetteville on March 29. Photo by Michael Cuneo.

By Michael Cuneo —

FAYETTEVILLE — Former Sen. David Perdue, with endorsement from former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, visited Fayetteville on his campaign for governor in Georgia on March 29.

Speaking first, Gingrich shared with a room of republican voters his feelings of dismay for Gov. Brian Kemp, who he accused of helping ensure voter fraud in the 2020 presidential election.

“I don’t know that the election was stolen on election day; I think the election was rigged over several months. Brian Kemp cost us control of the U.S. Senate, and Brian Kemp took 16 electoral votes away from Donald Trump. They were doing everything they could to rig [the 2020 Presidential Election], and their accomplice was Brian Kemp.” Gingrich said.

Perdue, who recently spoke at a Donald Trump rally in Commerce, Georgia, has made numerous claims of voter fraud in the 2020 elections, pointing to conspiratorial theories as to why he lost his race for the Senate to John Ossoff.

During his appearance on stage with Trump, Perdue said he would jail “those people responsible for that fraud” and gave a thumbs up to the crowd chanting “lock him up!” in reference to Kemp, something he later claimed was a misunderstanding.

A Fox News Poll from March 8 showed Perdue trailing Kemp by 11 points in the Republican primary race. Other reports indicate the former senator is struggling to bring in the same campaign donations he did in previous elections.

Gingrich also bashed President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamla Harris, comparing the country’s state under their time in office to the days of the Civil War.

“We are in, I think, one of the most dangerous periods in American history. You probably have the dumbest person as Vice President that we have ever elected.” Gingrich said to a laughing crowd.

Perdue spent almost all of his time on two topics: praise for Trump and condemnation for Kemp.

“President Trump gave us energy independence, he gave us tax cut, he built the wall, and he gave us the greatest economic turnaround in U.S. history. Biden, in one year, has undone all of that, and I put the full responsibility of his being able to do that at the feet of Brian Kemp.” Perdue said.

Gingrich traveled from Fayette County to Cobb and Gwinnett Counties as a part of an attempt to persuade key voters who have shown support for Perdue in previous elections. The 2022 Georgia Republican Primary takes place on May 24.



By Michael Cuneo

Michael Cuneo is a news and sports reporter for the Fayette County News. Michael graduated from Georgia State University with a degree in Journalism in 2020. In his off time, Michael enjoys torturing himself as an Atlanta Falcons fan. Follow Michael on twitter @michaelcune