Perdue Says He Would Not Have Certified Georgia's Election Results Former Sen. David Perdue, R-Ga., campaigns with former President Donald Trump before his Jan. 5 runoff election loss to Sen. Jon Ossoff, D-Ga. (Evan Vucci/AP)
By Eric Mack | Wednesday, 08 December 2021 03:40 PM
Trump-endorsed Georgia gubernatorial candidate David Perdue, the state's former GOP senator, said he would not have signed the certification of the electoral votes for Joe Biden last year until allegations of voter fraud were investigated.
The governor's signature is needed to certify the state's presidential election results and if he were governor at the time – the position he will be running for in the 2022 midterm GOP primary – Perdue would not have signed the certification to send the electors to Congress until the allegations were adequately investigated.
"Not with the information that was available at the time and not with the information that has come out now," Perdue told Axios. "They had plenty of time to investigate this. And I wouldn't have signed it until those things had been investigated, and that's all we were asking for."
Perdue announced this week he will primary incumbent GOP Gov. Brian Kemp before the 2022 midterms. Perdue immediately earned the endorsement of former President Donald Trump, while Kemp has been a frequent target of Trump criticism over the handling of the 2020 presidential election in Georgia.
If he had been governor a year ago, Perdue told Axios, he would have called a special session of the Georgia state legislature to address allegations of election fraud – a move Kemp refused to make, despite the former president's urging.
The session was not to overturn the election results, but "protect and fix what was wrong for the January election," Perdue told Axios.
Another target of Trump's ire, Georgia Republican Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, claimed a legislative session would amount to "nullifying the will of the people," Axios reported.
Perdue added to Axios he conceded his loss to Sen. Jon Ossoff, D-Ga., but he did want the election process reviewed to confirm it was free, fair, and devoid of fraud.
"I've never asked for a reversal," he continued. "What I've asked for is to get this cleaned up, to make sure that our elections going forward are fair and can rebuild the confidence of people."