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Trump's win puts Georgia's Perdue family in a new political orbit

Donald Trump’s election victory has propelled the powerful Perdue family to another orbit in the political universe. And that could have vast implications for Georgia.

U.S. Sen. David Perdue expects to have increased clout in the U.S. Senate after hitching his political future to Trump’s rocket. His first cousin former Gov. Sonny Perdue auditioned last week with Trump for agriculture secretary. Perdue aide Nick Ayers is said to be a finalist to lead the Republican National Committee. And a constellation of other Perdue loyalists are in increasingly influential spots.

Certainly, the Perdues aren’t the only Georgians to benefit from Trump’s election. U.S. Rep. Tom Price will be responsible for the unraveling of the Affordable Care Act if he’s confirmed as Trump’s health secretary. Early Trump supporters in Georgia, including state Sens. Burt Jones and Michael Williams, could leverage their allegiance in 2018 if they run for higher office.

But none have the sprawling imprint in Washington and Georgia to match the growing clout of the Perdue family’s network.

Read more: Why the Trump administration could mean greater clout for the Perdue circle

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Greg Bluestein is a political reporter who covers the governor's office and state politics for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.