David Perdue plans to run for Georgia governor in 2022
David Perdue, R- Ga., arrives for Vice President Mike Pence's Defend the Majority Rally on Thursday, Dec. 10, 2020, in Augusta, Georgia. - Curtis Compton/Atlanta Journal-Constitution/TNS

ATLANTA — Former U.S. Sen. David Perdue plans to challenge Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp in the Republican primary next year, according to multiple people with knowledge of his decision, setting up a divisive contest between two of the state’s leading GOP figures ahead of a likely general election matchup with Stacey Abrams. Perdue’s decision is expected to be delivered Monday and comes days after Abrams, an icon to many Democrats, announced she would run for governor for a second time. Perdue has told allies he was motivated to join the race because he fears Kemp can’t defeat the Democrat again. Hi...