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Wednesday, July 24, 2013

David Perdue officially jumps into crowded U.S. Senate race

David Perdue, former Dollar General CEO and cousin of former Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue, has decided to run for U.S. Senate.

The longtime business executive today announced his candidacy to replace the retiring U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss, R-Georgia, in 2014. According to his website, Perdue plans to run on a pro-business and small government platform.

"In the void of true leadership, unelected bureaucrats, out-of-touch regulators, and special interest cronies are gaining unprecedented power," Perdue says in a YouTube video announcing his campaign. "The career politicians have created this mess and we just can't expect them to clean it up. If we want different results from Washington, we have to send a different kind of person to Washington"

Perdue also says he wants to repeal Obamacare - which he claims reduces health-care quality and deters job creation - and focus on local control of education. In addition, he also supports tax reform, term limits, a balanced budget amendment, and the "sanctity of marriage."

His decision to run was somewhat expected as he formed an exploratory committee two months ago to look at a possible run. He'll face off against a slew of Republican Senate candidates including U.S. Rep. Paul Broun of Athens, U.S. Rep. Phil Gingrey of Marietta, U.S. Rep. Jack Kingston of Savannah, former Georgia secretary of state and gubernatorial candidate Karen Handel, and MARTA senior network engineer Derrick Grayson.

Whoever wins the GOP primary next year will then be challenged by one of several Democratic hopefuls including Point of Lights president Michelle Nunn, Atlanta physician Dr. Branko "Dr. Rad" Radulovacki, and Columbus-based ROTC director Todd Robinson.

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