Trump favorite Brian Kemp wins Georgia’s GOP primary
With a 69–30 percent second-round runoff vote result on Tuesday, Kemp was able to secure the win against Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle. Earlier, he received an eleventh-hour endorsement from President Donald Trump, who praised the politician’s toughness on crime and illegal immigration. Vice President Mike Pence also showed support for Kemp by visiting the state over the weekend to appear alongside the civil servant.
Today is the day to vote for Brian Kemp. Will be great for Georgia, full Endorsement! https://t.co/yPND2bJ219— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 24, 2018
Brian Kemp is running for Governor of the great state of Georgia. The Primary is on Tuesday. Brian is tough on crime, strong on the border and illegal immigration. He loves our Military and our Vets and protects our Second Amendment. I give him my full and total endorsement.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 18, 2018
In the run-up to Tuesday’s GOP primary, Cagle’s campaign was severely undermined by the surfacing of secret recordings in which he admitted to backing Republican “bad public policy” for political gain. Despite the compromising evidence against Cagle, his race was still supported by state Governor Nathan Deal and the National Rifle Association.
The Georgia Secretary of State’s win over Cagle is seen as somewhat of a surprise for the incumbent Lieutenant Governor, who came in first with 38.9 percent of the votes in May’s primary. Kemp, who also failed to secure the majority vote during the first round, received only 25.6 percent of support back in spring.
Following the publication of Tuesday’s results, Cagle conceded the win to his rival and offered his congratulations to Brian Kemp. “You ran a great campaign & Georgia Republicans trust you to carry our mantle forward,” he said on Twitter.
Congratulations @BrianKempGA. You ran a great campaign & Georgia Republicans trust you to carry our mantle forward. To the #CagleLead supporters, Nita and I are truly touched by your dedication and commitment to our future!! We gave it our all & I’m proud of all we accomplished!— Casey Cagle (@CaseyCagle) July 25, 2018
Kemp, meanwhile, credited the White House for helping him win the GOP race. The “clear, convincing victory” over Cagle was only possible after Trump “poured gasoline in the fire” that fueled his victory, he said Tuesday.
The fifty-five-year-old politician will now face Democratic Party nominee Abrams in November’s midterm elections. If she beats Kemp, the Leader for the Georgia General Assembly will have made history as the first black woman governor.
Tonight, I have an opponent: Kemp.The race for #GAGov may change, but our values never will. Service, faith & family guide our vision for GA: Affordable health care. Excellent public schools for every child. An economy that works for all.Stand with us: https://t.co/4TaJgVVVn7— Stacey Abrams (@staceyabrams) July 25, 2018
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