Supercharged Kemp heads into Governor’s rematch against Abrams

Gov. Brian Kemp (R) believes Democrat Stacey Abrams’ gubernatorial bid will help unite Republicans in Georgia following a heated GOP primary that Kemp ended up winning in a rout.

Kemp told Breitbart News in a phone interview after his victory, “I think Stacey Abrams is going to be the big unifier,” in response to a question about how he would win over Republicans who voted for his main opponent, the former Trump-backed senator. David Lost.

Kemp beat Perdue by about 50 points after facing significant criticism from Perdue and former President Donald Trump that Kemp could not win a second general election race against Abrams, whom the governor has narrowly beaten in 2018 with Trump’s backing.

Georgia Governor Brian Kemp speaks during a rally Monday, May 23, 2022 in Kennesaw, Georgia. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

“A vote for RINO Brian Kemp in this primary is a vote for Governor Stacey Abrams,” Trump said in March of Kemp, whom the former president has repeatedly attacked during Georgia’s 2020 election process.

Asked about Trump’s support for his main opponent, Kemp brushed it off, saying, “I never said anything bad about Donald Trump. I don’t intend to do that. The governor added, “I appreciate — and I’ve said this before — I appreciate everything President Trump has done to help our state, and he’s done a lot.”

In addition to what Kemp sees as Georgia Republicans’ shared contempt for Abrams’ policies, Kemp cited former Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal (R) as another reason for Kemp to be confident about his prospects in his rematch with Abrams.

“If you look at Nathan Deal… when he got his second nomination, he had a lower percentage of votes than me against two very unknown candidates. I actually did better than him against a guy who was a former United States senator who’s a multi-millionaire who had, you know, 100% ID because of a runoff that he lost against Jon Ossoff,” Kemp said, adding, “So I think the party is going to come together to beat Stacey Abrams and send a message to Joe Biden and send some relief to Washington, DC.

Georgia’s governor and senate contests are expected to be two of the most competitive and expensive races in the country this midterm season. The battleground state captured national attention as Trump continued to vent his anger at Kemp, and in the Senate race Georgians have some stardom on the ballot in Herschel Walker, who faces the Vulnerable Senator Raphael Warnock (D-GEORGIA).

In 2018, Kemp beat Abrams by a slim margin of just over one percent of the vote, and Abrams refused to back down at the time, saying, “I won’t back down because the erosion of our democracy is not fair.”

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - OCTOBER 24: Former Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams waits to speak at a Democratic campaign kickoff as she campaigns for Joe Biden and Kamala Harris at Bruce Trent Park on October 24, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  Early in-person voting for the general election in the battleground state began Oct. 17 and continues through Oct. 30.  (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

Stacey Abrams waits to speak at a Democratic campaign kickoff as she campaigns for Joe Biden and Kamala Harris on October 24, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

Abrams now returns to the campaign scene in a much stronger position than when she was in her previous run, enjoying better funding and visibility. Kemp says, however, that the political landscape in Peach State has also changed and argues that his record of accomplishment as governor, coupled with ever-waning Democratic approval in Washington, will work in his favor.

“The whole cycle is completely different from ’18,” Kemp said. “It’s no longer an open seat. I am the current governor. I have an excellent record to run on. That’s what I did in primary, and I’m going to run on that same record overall, and we’re going to beat it again.

Kemp added, “That environment nationally and in Georgia for Democrats right now is Joe Biden’s party, 40-year high inflation, border disaster, more rules and regulations, more taxes, you know, just a broke Washington that has done next to nothing, and Georgians are frustrated with that…and that’s exactly where Stacey Abrams would take us.

A recent poll by SurveyUSA provided an early look at the Kemp-Abrams contest, showing Kemp five points ahead of Abrams, 50% to 45%.

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