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Former state Rep. Vernon Jones announced on Monday that he would drop out of the race for Georgia governor to instead pursue a bid for Congress. 

After much prayer & consideration I have decided that I can best serve the people of Georgia in the Congress of the United States,” Jones said in a statement posted to Twitter. “I believe that strong conservative voices need to be heard as we lead America into the future.

In announcing his withdrawal from the race, Jones, a former Democrat who mounted an early primary challenge to Georgia Gov. Brian KempBrian KempAbrams fires back at Perdue, Kemp over criticism of maskless photoKemp invokes Trump in ad after former president slams him in ad for PerdueStacey Abrams raises over M since launching bid for Georgia governorMORE (R) but routinely polled well behind him, endorsed former Sen. David PerdueDavid PerdueAbrams fires back at Perdue, Kemp over criticism of maskless photoKemp invokes Trump in ad after former president slams him in ad for PerdueStacey Abrams raises over M since launching bid for Georgia governorMORE (R-Ga.) for governor. 

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Former President TrumpDonald TrumpAbrams fires back at Perdue, Kemp over criticism of maskless photoBiden to visit Israel later this yearManchin crosses party lines in officially endorsing MurkowskiMORE has already thrown his support behind Perdue in the Georgia gubernatorial primary.

Joness announcement came days after he met with Trump at the former presidents Mar-a-Lago club in Palm Beach, Fla. Fox News reported last week that during that meeting, Trump promised to support Jones if he ran for Congress or another statewide office.

After that meeting, Jones said that he was still focused on ousting Kemp, a one-time Trump ally who ran afoul of the former president after he refused to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election in Georgia.

My priority is and has been since Day One is to do whatever it takes to defeat Brian Kemp whos cowardice nearly cost us our country, Jones tweeted. I will always stand with President Trump in anywhere I serve.

Jones didnt say which House seat he would run for, though the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported that he is expected to mount a bid for Georgias 10th Congressional District, which is currently represented by Rep. Jody HiceJody Brownlow HicePerdue proposes election police force in GeorgiaSecretary of state races come under red-hot focusWatchdog finds fundraising spikes for Ga., Mich., Minn. secretary of state candidatesMORE (R-Ga.). 

Hice is not seeking reelection to his House seat this year and is instead challenging Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger (R) in a GOP primary. Like Kemp, Raffensperger ended up on Trumps target list for rebuffing the former presidents pleas to reverse his 2020 electoral loss in Georgia.

While a handful of Republicans are challenging Kemp for the GOP nomination, the primary is effectively a two-way race between the incumbent governor and Perdue. The eventual winner will likely go on to face Democrat Stacey Abrams in November. Abrams, who ran for Georgia governor in 2018 and lost to Kemp by only about 55,000 votes, is not facing any primary competition.