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Perdue seeks support for himself, Republican agenda
Brittany Dasher
Effingham County Republican Party Chairperson Brittany Dasher shares a laugh with Sen. David Perdue on Oct. 28 at Lowe's. - photo by Mark Lastinger/staff

RINCON — Locked in a tight race with Democrat Jon Ossoff, Sen. David Perdue harvested votes on fertile Republican ground Oct. 28. 

Perdue and several state GOP leaders urged Effingham County residents to vote in Tuesday’s general election and get others to do likewise.

“We’ve got to get our neighbors in these strong Republican counties to get out to vote,” said Rep. Jon Burns, Georgia’s House majority leader, “so I implore all of you from our county to make sure we do our part and call our neighbors, call our family and make darn sure — up until Monday night — that they get out and vote. We can help elect this good man back to the U.S. Senate.”

Burns called Perdue “a champion of the Port of Savannah.”

“ ... which means so much to all off Georgia and this country, but especially to Effingham County,” Burns said. “He’s stood strong for our agricultural interests in Washington to make sure the right things are done for our farmers and that our food supply is protected. Those of us who have ag roots, and many of us do here, certainly appreciate that very much.”

Burns also touted Perdue’s common sense, conservatism and Christianity.

“I can’t tell you how much — as a voter and citizen of this state — how much I appreciate that and what he stands for everyday in his personal life and his political life in Washington,” Burns said. “He has been strong for us in every sense of the word and he will continue to do that.”

After thanking the crowd of about 30 people for greeting him, Perdue echoed one of Burns’ points.

“Let me remind you of how important Effingham County is,” he said. “If we stopped (voting) right now, we are probably going to win Effingham County. The problem is we aren’t going to win DeKalb County or Fulton County.

“Let me tell you. Those folks are on fire up there.”

Perdue then stressed the Republican agenda, which includes lower taxes, fewer regulations, energy independence and saving community banks.

 “(Democrat presidential candidate) Joe Biden wants to go back and put all that back in place — more regulations and regulations,” he said. “They want to get rid of oil and gas, y’all. For the first time in our history, we have been oil independent.

“We produce fifty percent more oil than Saudi Arabia today. It’s amazing.”

The senator then talked about what he considers President Trump’s leading accomplishment.

“He’ll never get credit for it, and that is six and a half million people have been lifted out of poverty because of his economic policies,” he said. “Those are the kind of results that Joe Biden can’t talk about and Jon Ossoff doesn’t talk about anything except how bad a scum I am.

“That’s politics, I guess.”

Perdue, warning that Democrats want to form a one-party state, drew enthusiastic applause when he mentioned the recent confirmation of Amy Coney Barrett to the U.S. Supreme Court..

“She’s going to apply the law and not make law, and that’s a big deal that we ought to be talking about,” he said.