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WATCH: David Perdue Blames “Lost Confidence” Over Election Conspiracies For Senate Loss

WATCH: David Perdue Blames “Lost Confidence” Over Election Conspiracies For Senate Loss

In November of 2020, Donald Trump lost his bid for re-election as President of the United States. In January, only weeks later, two Republican Senate candidates in Georgia also lost their races to Democratic candidates. This second set of losses — which also meant losing majority control of the Senate — has been tightly linked to the first, and now one of the candidates is saying so himself.

DULUTH, GA – MARCH 29: Republican Gubernatorial candidate David Perdue speaks at a campaign event on March 29, 2022 in Marietta, Georgia. (Photo by Elijah Nouvelage/Getty Images)

David Perdue (R-GA) was one of the two Senate candidates who lost in a special election held in Georgia in January of 2021, following a string of warnings to Donald Trump from Republican strategists who said that his attacks on election integrity and his lies about his loss would turn away voters. Even Mitch McConnell, who was at the time the Senate Majority Leader, reportedly refused to support the “stolen election” conspiracy claims, because he didn’t want voters in Georgia to skip the polls out of a concern that their ballot would be uncounted or “stolen.”

This year, Perdue is running for Governor, and he says that it was exactly this, the distrust in the election process, that kept conservative voters away from the polls and cost him his election.

Perdue seems confident this won’t happen again — that this time around, Republican voters will flood the polls, and it’s certainly true that historically, voters weigh in heavily in midterms for the party that doesn’t currently hold the White House. However, the same propaganda that netted so much distrust in the U.S. election system in 2020 is still ongoing, and Republicans aren’t making any significant efforts to assure their voters that this election will be secure.

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