“Because of this decision I am officially withdrawing my candidacy for Governor effective today and will be supporting David Perdue for Governor,” he wrote, calling Perdue a “good man who loves our state and loves our Country.”
Jones, a former Georgia state lawmaker, had entered the gubernatorial race last April, but he trailed Perdue and Kemp in the polls.
Trump had invited Jones to Mar-a-Lago last month to discuss switching to campaigning for a US House seat in either the 6th or 10th Congressional District, and told Jones he is prepared to endorse him in either primary as quickly as he switches, CNN previously reported.
In his Monday announcement, Jones did not say which congressional seat he plans to run for.
Georgia Democratic Party spokesman Max Flugrath said Jones’ move “at the behest of Donald Trump and support David Perdue will only amplify the chaos and lack of unity among the Georgia GOP.”
“Jones’ decision sets the stage for a slugfest between Kemp and Perdue, all to the detriment of Georgia voters, who deserve to hear from candidates on issues like access to affordable healthcare, creating good-paying jobs, and strengthening public education,” he added.
Jones has run unsuccessfully for Congress before, seeking a Senate seat in 2008 and a House seat in 2010.