Georgia GOP gubernatorial clash: Perdue proposes election law enforcement unit

Former GOP Sen. David Perdue of Georgia, who is primary challenging Republican Gov. Brian Kempin this year’s election, is rolling out a plan to create an Election Law Enforcement Division in the Peach State.

“What happened in 2020 should never happen again,” Perdue said on Thursday morning as he announced his proposal to create a law enforcement unit that would investigate election crimes and fraud in Georgia and would have the authority to make arrests.

Perdue’s announcement, which was shared first with Fox News, also includes a call for election results in the state to be independently audited before being certified.

Georgia was one of a half dozen states where now President Biden narrowly edged former President Donald Trump to win the White House in the 2020 election.

Biden topped Trump by less than 12,000 votes out of nearly 5 million cast in Georgia. The ballots in Georgia were counted three times – the original Election Day count, a mandatory hand recount and a recount requested by Trump’s campaign. Infuriated with Kemp’s refusal to help him upend the results in Georgia and for certifying the state’s election results, Trump has repeated vowed to return to the state to campaign against Kemp.

FILE- Sen. David Perdue, R-Ga., speaks during a “Save the Majority” rally in Augusta, Ga. on Dec. 10, 2020.  (AP Photo/John Bazemore, File)

Perdue announced his candidacy for governor early in December, after months of encouragement from Trump to run. The former president formally endorsed Perdue the day after he launched his campaign. Perdue’s move set up an epic GOP primary battle with the conservative incumbent in a one time solidly red state that’s become a top general election battleground.

Perdue, a former corporate chief executive officer who was elected to the Senate in 2014, was defeated in his bid for a second term by a razor-thin margin by Democrat Jon Ossoff in Georgia’s twin Jan. 5, 2021 runoff elections. Democrat Raphael Warnock edged Republican Sen. Kelly Loeffler in the other contest, handing the Democrats the Senate majority. 

The former senator took aim at Kemp in explaining why the proposed election law enforcement unit is needed.

Fox News contributed to this article.

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