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David Perdue, if there's a President Hillary Clinton: 'I'm going to find a way to work with her'

As we waited to see if U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson would escape a runoff, his Washington colleague David Perdue made the rounds at the Buckhead Hyatt Regency, where Repubicans around the state have gathered this evening.

Senator Perdue has been a major supporter of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump. In a scrum with reporters, Perdue conceded that the night may not turn out well for his candidate. Said Perdue:

“He may not win tonight. But I think what this is telling all of us in America is that there’s a growing dissatisfaction with Washington. On both sides in Washington.”

And his prospects for the Senate? A winnowing was coming, he said:

“It’s going to be very close. We may lose Nevada. I’m hopeful we’ll keep a majority. We certainly won’t keep 54 seats.”

But I asked Perdue to continue with the supposition that Trump could lose tonight. Would he be willing to do a little bridge-building with a President-elect Hillary Clinton? What he said:

“I’m going to find a way to work with her. That doesn’t mean I’m not going to fight her on some of her policies, like taxes and more regulation, but we’ve got to find a way to find compromise in this somewhere. This gridlock is proof that it’s not working. Honestly, that’s what I think people in America are reacting to.”

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Jim Galloway is a three-decade veteran of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution who writes the Political Insider blog and column.