Republican gubernatorial candidate David Perdue criticized Stacey Abrams after she called Georgia the “worst state” to live in.
Abrams disparaged Georgia during a campaign speech on Saturday.
“I am tired of hearing about how we’re the best state in the country to do business when we are the worst state in the country to live in. When you’re number 48 for mental health, we’re number 1 for maternal mortality, when you have an incarceration rate that’s on the rise and wages that are on the decline, then you are not the number 1 place to live.”
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Perdue commented on Abrams’ controversial statements at a campaign stop in Dunwoody on Monday.
“Did you all see what Stacey said this weekend? She said that Georgia is the worst place in the country to live,” Perdue told the audience. He said Abrams should “go back to where she came from” if Georgia is the worst place to live.
“Hey, she ain’t from here. Let her go back to where she came from. She doesn’t like it here,” he said.
Abrams was born in Wisconsin and raised in Mississippi. She moved to Georgia while in high school and graduated from Spelman College in Atlanta.
Perdue also criticized comments Abrams made during her failed campaign for governor in 2018.
The former Georgia senator accused the Democratic gubernatorial candidate of “demeaning her own race,” according to the NY Post.
“When she told Black farmers, ‘You don’t need to be on the farm,’ and she told Black workers in hospitality and all this, ‘You don’t need to be’ — she is demeaning her own race when it comes to that,” he said.
“I am really over this. She should never be considered … for governor of any state, much less our state — where she hates to live.”
Gov. Brian Kemp holds a comfortable lead over Perdue and is expected to defeat him easily in Tuesday’s primary (May 24).
Kemp defeated Abrams by 50,000 votes in Georgia’s gubernatorial race in 2018. Abrams has yet to concede to Kemp. She insists that the election was stolen from her.
She claims she will accept the results of the upcoming election in November.
Kemp polls consistently higher than Abrams in the 2022 race for governor, according to the NY Post.