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Brian Kemp, with strong lead over Perdue turns his attention to Abrams in Governor of Georgia race

“Don’t believe the polls,” Kemp told a crowd outside his hometown on Saturday. of Athens.

But behind mask of caution, Kemp and his team are full with confidence. latest Fox News Poll found that 60% of probably GOP primary voters preferred Kemp over with 28% for Purdue. On the stump, the governor stopped even mentioning Perdue, who was approved former President Donald Trump. Instead, he turned his attention to presumptive Democratic nominee Stacey Abrams. who almost lost to Kemp in 2018 and unopposed in her main Tuesday.

“Enthusiastic about the momentum, but use to encourage you even more leave no doubt on Tuesday. And then on Wednesday, we all unite on in mission make sure that Stacey Abrams will not be our governor or our next President, Kemp said. in a short speech that named Abrams’ name half dozen times.

The question, say Republican operatives across the state, is not whether Kemp can best Perdue on Tuesday, but how lot. If Kemp can win absolute majority, avoid be forced into the second round next month. And decisively defeat Purdue on tuesday will be also secure a moral victory for Kemp, who earned Trump’s contempt for resistance former Presidential pressure to cancel 2020 elections results.

Erik Erickson, Georgia based conservative the radio host said he thought Kemp was heading for a big win over Perdue – a result it would point to the limits of Trump’s obsession with 2020 among Republican voters.

“Margin of victory is forming up be like that big (for Kemp) that we will at least be spared. more claims of a stolen election and blessing with early night,” Erickson said.

Trump’s revenge against Kemp led former the president stretch limits of credibility with Republican voters. Trump called Kemp “the worst governor”. in America” ​​and “catastrophe”. At the rally last the fall in Georgia, he even suggested – to bewilderment of Republicans in to the crowd and to the entire staff – that he would have preferred Abrams to Kemp in governor’s mansion.

Carol Williams, realtor in Athens who supports Kemp, rejected Trump’s insults.

“These comments are actually about himself, not about the governor,” Williams told CNN. on Saturday. “I think that former The president has no skin in in game in Georgia. He doesn’t understand that best for our state.”

restless challenge

After a few months of failing to find a suitable opponent for Kemp, Trump got his own quarterback in perdue, who has entered race in November to former President’s call.

It was almost year after one-term Republican senator was failed to win stock for a second termbut Perdue focused his campaign on question of electability. His message was that only a Trump-backed Republican can hope to be united. party in in general elections. Although he has found other questions attack Kemp on — from rising crime to new electric vehicle a plant enticed by state tax breaks but opposed by some locals—Purdue’s closing argument hasn’t changed. original room.

“If we finish up in stock, so more Georgians, Republicans, voted against this governor than voted for his. Let’s keep this in mind. And my job is to anchor that. That’s why I got in This race in beginning,” Purdue said on Friday at campaign event in Savannah.

But despite Trump’s support, Perdue challenge struggled to gain momentum from the start. Almost every elected republican in state legislature behind Kemp, together with Republican political elite of the state, including who was next to cousin Purdue, former Governor Sonny Perdue.
In addition, Perdue’s fundraising has been sluggish. with Republican donors adhere with Kemp, despite a long relationship with in former US senator. effect was consistent with Perdue campaign do not reserve time for television advertising in in final a week before the primaries. Person close to Purdue campaign accused of not of financial resources, especially when compared to the well-funded Operation Kemp.

“This is reality of Run against acting governor,” the man said.

While Trump is aware of the campaign stumbles, it support for Perdue doesn’t let up. Trump held a massive rally in March in Commerce, Georgia, in support Perdue and other Republican candidates he supported. And Trump organization “Save America” ​​donated total $2.5 million to support Perdue super PCS since April.

But since the March rally, Trump has not visited the state to support Perdue, although he is going to call in telemeeting for candidate on Monday morning.

shell up behind Kemp

While Perdue has Trump support a lot of rest of The Republican Party supported Kemp. The Republican Governors Association invested $5 million. in placement of advertising pro-Kemp. Some current and former Governors — Chris Christie of New Jersey, Doug Ducey of Arizona and Pete Ricketts of Nebraska – went to Georgia to campaign next to Kemp in in final days of in race.

“My message to you today conservative leadership matters,” Ricketts told those assembled here. in Watkinsville on Saturday, Litany Reading of achievements in Kempa first termfrom significant income tax cuts to laws expanding gun wear rights and restrict abortion.

And Kemp’s headliner final preliminary rally on Monday evening will be former Vice President Mike Pence, Himself former governor of Indiana. result This show of force from non-Trump Republican leaders and an implicit rebuke of in former The president, who issued a statement calling Christy, Ducey and Ricketts a trio of “RINO” or Republicans in just a name.

But outside help strengthened general elections turn to focus on Democratic Party.

“Brian Kemp is the only thing worth in between Georgia and Stacey Abrams becoming your governor,” Christie said at the rally. in Alpharetta, Georgia on May 17th. “We are not want what, isn’t it?”

Despite Trump and Perdue insisting that Kemp cannot win in November without support of “MAGA base”, the governor is sure that the opposition to Abrams win there will be a lot to get out Republican Party vote this autumn.

“I think Stacey Abrams is great combiner. I think every Republican in Georgia will be united after Tuesday,” Kemp told reporters on Saturday.

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Tyler Hromadka
Tyler Hromadka
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