Democratic challenger Stacey Abrams gave way to Georgia Governor Brian Kemp on Tuesday in their 2018 race rematch.
Abrams urged Kemp to concede, according to his campaign, and take to the stage a few minutes later to congratulate the governor.
“I may no longer be looking for the governor’s office, but I will never stop doing everything in my power to make sure the people of Georgia have a voice,” she said.
Kemp, who was a developer before serving as state senator and secretary of state, has won another term despite attacks from former President Donald Trump threatening to lose support within the party. your.
“Well, it seems the reports of my political death have been greatly exaggerated,” Kemp told supporters after giving in.
The Associated Press has yet to call the race Tuesday night.
Kemp, 59, appeared to be swaying among Republicans after the 2020 presidential election, as Trump blamed him for not doing enough to overturn President Joe Biden’s narrow victory. in Georgia. Trump helped draw former US Senator David Perdue into a key challenge to Kemp, who he called a “complete and complete failure”.
But Kemp trailed Perdue in the GOP primaries, winning nearly 74% of the vote. Kemp patiently explained his election actions to Republicans even as he used his office to sign bills that would please conservatives loosening gun laws, cutting taxes and banning them. split concept” in schools.
During the election campaign, Kemp emphasized the state’s role in managing the economy and decided to relax public restrictions early in the COVID-19 pandemic.
He has also given billions of dollars tax-free and distributed in federal and state funds. Kemp pushed for statutes that suspended the state gas tax, provided $1 billion in state income tax refunds, and even provided $350 per person in the state in public benefits. He also pledged another income tax cut and a wealth tax break if re-elected, describing the cash helping Georgians “cope with 40 years of high inflation and high gas prices” that he said. blamed Biden, Abrams and other Democrats.
Nearly half of Georgia voters say the economy is the most pressing issue facing the country, according to AP VoteCast, an extensive survey of more than 3,000 voters in the state.
About a third of Georgians say their family is lagging behind financially. A majority of voters voted for Kemp and Republican US Senate candidate Herschel Walker.
A small percentage of voters – about 1 in 10 – who say their families are financially ahead are more likely to vote for Democratic candidates, including Abrams and the US Senator. Ky Raphael Warnock.
Rising costs are seen as a top concern for state voters, with about nine out of ten saying rising prices for groceries, gas and other goods are a big factor in how they vote. . Of those who said they consider inflation in their voting decision, about half said grocery and food costs were the most important factor.
Abrams, an attorney whose 2018 loss to Kemp helped make her a Democratic star, would be the first Black woman to serve as governor in the United States if she wins.
Abrams has spent the four years since her defeat laying the groundwork for another run. She formed a powerful suffrage group – Action Fight for Fairness – and built her own personal fortune as Democrats devoured her books and paid to attend events. her statement.
Her national profile is so high that she is seen as a possible running mate for Biden or even as a candidate for president herself. That helped Abrams appreciate Kemp with the help of a state law that allows candidates for governor to accept unlimited donations through an associate committee.
Abrams has raised $85 million through September 30, but even Kemp’s $60 million to date has been a record for the governor’s race in Georgia, as he looks to build a base. national fundraiser. And Abrams’ financial advantage was never enough to run away from the race – Kemp was leading in the polls.
Abrams, 48, has launched a campaign she once described as “brimming with plans”, including massive pay increases for teachers, legalization of casinos and sports gambling to pay for many. college aid, expanding Medicaid health coverage, supporting small and minority-owned businesses, and making housing more affordable. At the same time, Abrams pledged to tighten Georgia’s gun laws and roll back restrictions on abortion, arguing that Kemp was not yet dovish.
“The most dangerous thing Georgia faces is another four years of Brian Kemp,” Abrams said during an October 17 debate.
About 7 out of 10 voters also identified the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to overturn the constitutional right to abortion as a significant factor in their vote. About a quarter of voters described it as the most important factor; these voters are more likely to vote for Warnock and Abrams.
Kemp regularly carried out attacks on Abrams, accusing her of not supporting the police. According to AP VoteCast, the majority of voters identify crime as a factor in how they vote. More than 8 out of 10 voters described this as an important issue. And about eight out of ten Georgians say they are concerned about crime in their community.