Perdue’s allies continue to say he’s yet to cement his decision and that he remains conflicted about a run, though they note he’s been in steady contact with former President Donald Trump, who would presumably endorse Perdue if he entered the race. Trump has waged a vendetta against Kemp because he refused to illegally overturn his November 2020 defeat in Georgia.
Kemp has become a formidable fundraising force over his three years in office. As of June 30, the last time he was required by law to disclose his finances, he reported raising nearly $12 million overall for his reelection bid and about $9.2 million in cash on hand. That was a record amount at this stage in a gubernatorial contest.