Trump knows what he needs to do.
To boost former Senator David Perdue’s Georgia gubernatorial bid, Trump will be hosting a fundraising event and at least one rally.
According to a report by The Hill, the former President will be hosting a fundraiser on March 16 at Mar-a-Lago. Attendance to the event is $3,000, with a donation of $24,000 garnering guests a picture with Purdue and Trump.
Trump is also expected to hold a campaign rally for Purdue before the Republican primary on May 24, with Trump’s relatives also anticipated to join in by campaigning for Purdue.
This support could be a saving grace for Purdue, who is still trailing Republican Governor Brian Kemp in fundraising and polling.
Kemp has raised $7.4 million between July 1, 2021, and January 31, 2022, and currently has a total of $12.7 million. Purdue, on the other hand, only raised $1.1 million by January 31 after launching his challenge against Kemp in December.
The polls also show worrying figures. A Quinnipiac University poll showed that Kemp had a 7 point lead over Purdue.
But Purdue has a chance to close the funding gap with Kemp, considering a federal judge recently ruled that Kemp could not use the money from a special leadership committee during the primary.
The special leadership committee forms part of several bodies created because of a 2020 bill that was signed by Kemp. The bodies would enable the governor and legislative leaders to raise a limitless amount of funds even during legislative sessions when incumbents are not permitted to collect funds for their campaign accounts.
Purdue filed suit, claiming the legislation gave Kemp an unfair advantage.
Since Kemp snubbed Trump’s efforts to overturn President Biden’s election in 2020, it has become apparent that Trump would be prioritizing the Georgia primary.
Pointing to this year’s Georgia primary being contentious, the Republican Governors Association inadvertently supported Kemp by sponsoring a $500,000 ad campaign.