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    Georgia's Republican Gov. Brian Kemp used Stacey Abrams attack on the state to hit her in a new ad ahead of their November rematch for the governor's seat.  The ad begins by playing a widely criticized clip of Abrams calling Georgia the 'worst' place to live. 'I am tired of hearing about how we're the best state in the country to do business when we are the worst state in the country to live,' Abrams said in a speech at Gwinnett Democrats' Bluetopia Gala in Norcross, Georgia on May 21.  'Bless her heart,' a narrator in the commercial said. 'Georgia leads the nation in economic recovery. Georgia leads the nation because Brian Kemp is governor.' 'He reopened Georgia first, brought thousands of jobs and Kemp's cut taxes to help families deal with Biden's inflation,' the commercial went on.  In her remark, Abrams was responding to Kemp's frequent claim about Georgia being the best place for business.  'I am tired of hearing about how we're the best state in the country to do business when we are the worst state in...
    (CNN)Allies of Gov. Brian Kemp and top Republicans in Georgia have recently approached Donald Trump advisers to see if the former President can be persuaded to go easy on the incumbent GOP governor as he fights for reelection, sources told CNN. The informal effort -- which has not involved any direct contact between Trump and Kemp and is unlikely to result in a fixed agreement, according to two people familiar -- comes as the Republican governor prepares for the general election against Democrat Stacey Abrams, a progressive star who Trump once claimed "might very well be better" than Kemp as a state executive. Allies of both men have been unable to shake that comment, as well as Trump's verbal assault on Kemp over the past year, as one of the most closely watched gubernatorial contests this cycle begins. And although Trump has not specifically criticized Kemp since the May 24 primary contest, his failed attempt to run a primary challenger against the incumbent governor and his baseless claim in a statement last week that Kemp won due to "obvious fraud,"...
    (CNN)One week ago, Georgia Republican Gov. Brian Kemp crushed former Sen. David Perdue by 52(!) points in a high-profile primary fight.On Tuesday, former President Donald Trump, who endorsed Perdue, suggested that something was fishy about that race."ICYMI: 'Something Stinks In Georgia,' Trump sent in a press release via his Save America PAC. The press release referred to a Substack post by Emerald Robinson, a former White House correspondent for Newsmax who now works for Lindell TV, which was founded by MyPillow CEO and election conspiracist Mike Lindell. THE POINT -- NOW ON YOUTUBE! In each episode of his weekly YouTube show, Chris Cillizza will delve a little deeper into the surreal world of politics. Click to subscribe! Robinson's argument is a little all over the place, but essentially boils down to this: Trump's endorsement record is very strong so, um, there must be something wrong in Georgia where a number of his preferred candidates -- including Perdue -- lost.She writes: Read More"President Trump's endorsement is the single most powerful force in the universe of American politics. There's never...
    Gov. Brian Kemp won Georgia’s Republican gubernatorial primary Tuesday night, easily defeating former Sen. David Perdue in what became a divisive battle that was amplified by former President Donald Trump. The Associated Press called the race at about 8:30 p.m., and early results show Kemp winning in a blowout. Perdue conceded the election shortly after the race was called, saying, according to a clip of his remarks, “You know everything I said about Brian Kemp was true, but here’s the other thing I said was true, he is a much better choice than Stacey Abrams, and so we are going to get behind our governor.” WATCH: @DavidPerdueGA concedes the governors race to @BrianKempGA. Perdue says he will support Kemp to make sure @staceyabrams is not governor of Georgia. @FOX5Atlanta #gapol pic.twitter.com/vnVy4lESlj — Claire Simms (@Claire_FOX5) May 25, 2022 Perdue, a former CEO and one-term senator, mounted a challenge against Kemp in December, charging that Kemp “caved to Abrams and cost us two Senate seats, the Senate majority, and gave Joe Biden free reign.” Perdue had lost by a razor-thin margin in the...
    Democrat Stacey Abrams officially won Georgia’s Democrat gubernatorial primary race, bringing a long-awaited rematch against incumbent Gov. Brian Kemp (R), who also won his race on Tuesday. The former Georgia state representative officially secured her nomination Tuesday night: Stacey Abrams has won the Democratic nomination for governor of Georgia. Her first run, against Brian Kemp in 2018, propelled her to political stardom. https://t.co/5oX0cgk4VB — The New York Times (@nytimes) May 24, 2022 The 2022 race for Georgia’s governor is all set to be a rematch of 2018. Democrat Stacey Abrams and incumbent GOP Gov. Brian Kemp both won their parties’ respective primaries on May 24. pic.twitter.com/BQOwRoo58s — NowThis (@nowthisnews) May 25, 2022 JUST IN: CBS News projects Stacey Abrams wins the Democratic nomination for Governor in Georgia. https://t.co/hkTMDsc6PC pic.twitter.com/0cBSDkVzAl — CBS News (@CBSNews) May 24, 2022 Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp wins GOP primary despite Trump crusade against him, AP projects; he’ll face Stacey Abrams (D) in November https://t.co/URzzXz0IUE — The Washington Post (@washingtonpost) May 25, 2022 Abrams long maintained that she defeated Kemp in the last governor’s race, ultimately deeming...
    By STEVE PEOPLES and JEFF AMY ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp has defeated his Donald Trump-backed challenger David Perdue after a furious push by the former president to punish Kemp for not overturning the 2020 election results. Kemp’s victory on Tuesday sets up another general election race against Democrat Stacey Abrams, who was unopposed in her primary. The November rematch of their 2018 contest is likely to be one of the nation’s most expensive and closely watched. Perdue was courted by Trump to enter the race as retribution for Kemp not going along with the former president’s effort to overturn his defeat in Georgia’s 2020 election. Perdue embraced Trump’s election lies, opening two debates between the candidates with the claim that the 2020 balloting was “rigged and stolen.” Election officials found no evidence of fraud after multiple reviews. Kemp survived the challenge by using the power of his incumbency to push a raft of legislation through Georgia’s Republican-controlled legislature. He signed measures that cut taxes, allowed people to carry concealed handguns without permits and helped ban transgender girls...
    By STEVE PEOPLES and JEFF AMY ATLANTA (AP) — Former football star Herschel Walker won Georgia’s Republican Senate primary on Tuesday, giving former President Donald Trump at least partial victory in the top political battleground while a more competitive fight was playing out in the GOP contest for governor. In all, five states were voting, including Alabama, Arkansas, Texas and Minnesota. But none had been more consumed than Georgia by Trump and his lie that the 2020 election was stolen. Trump had backed Walker in the crowded GOP primary to take on incumbent Democratic Sen. Raphael Warnock this fall, dismissing warnings from Walker’s Republican competitors about his history of domestic violence and mental health struggles. But Trump’s chief focus this primary season was the race for Georgia governor. Democrat Stacey Abrams secured the Democratic nomination for Georgia governor after running unopposed. Trump personally recruited former Sen. David Perdue to challenge Republican incumbent Gov. Brian Kemp, who drew Trump’s ire by refusing to accept his baseless claims of widespread voter fraud. Kemp emerged as a powerful fundraiser with a list of...
    ATLANTA (AP) — Stacey Abrams wins Democratic nomination for Georgia governor after narrowly losing 2018 race to Republican Brian Kemp. Copyright © 2022 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    Watkinsville, Georgia (CNN)Brian Kemp isn't exactly declaring an early victory ahead of Tuesday's Republican primary as he bids for a second term as Georgia governor. He's even downplaying recent polls showing him with a commanding lead over his opponent, former US Sen. David Perdue."Don't believe the polling," Kemp told a crowd Saturday near his hometown of Athens.But behind the mask of caution, Kemp and his team are brimming with confidence. The latest Fox News poll found that 60% of likely GOP primary voters preferred Kemp compared with 28% for Perdue. On the stump, the governor has stopped even mentioning Perdue, who was endorsed by former President Donald Trump. Instead, he has shifted his focus to the presumptive Democratic nominee, Stacey Abrams, who narrowly lost to Kemp in 2018 and is unopposed in her primary Tuesday. "Be excited about the momentum, but use that to encourage you even more to leave no doubt on Tuesday. And then on Wednesday, we will all unite on the mission to make sure that Stacey Abrams is not going to be our governor or our...
    Atlanta, Georgia, is less than a 90-minute plane flight from former President Donald Trump's home base of Palm Beach, Florida. But Trump won't be making the quick jump to the Peach State this weekend to campaign for his handpicked candidate for Georgia governor, ex-Sen. David Perdue. Trump is keeping his distance from Perdue in the waning days ahead of Tuesday's Georgia's Republican gubernatorial primary — even though it was Trump who urged Perdue to jump into the race in a bid to deny Gov. Brian Kemp renomination. Trump blames Kemp for President Joe Biden's 2020 Georgia win, the first by a Democratic nominee in Georgia since 1992, and he provoked Trump's ire for not doing enough to investigate his allegations of election fraud in Georgia. MIDTERM MEMO: GEORGIA BEDEVILS TRUMP AS KEMP LOOKS TO DISPATCH PERDUE IN GUBERNATORIAL PRIMARY Trump's lack of campaigning on Perdue's behalf is conspicuous since he's set to schlep nearly cross-country for a May 28 rally in Wyoming with House Republican candidate Harriet Hageman, and Perdue is trailing in the polls as he...
    Donald Trump on Friday denied reports that he had dropped his support for David Perdue, who is lagging more than 30 points behind Georgia Governor Brian Kemp in the race for the Republican nomination. Days ahead of Tuesday's primary the former president insisted he was still backing Perdue in his challenge to the 'worst governor in history.' But Trump has seen his endorsed candidate's campaign sputter, leaving him a distant second in the race. Sources close to Trump said he had all but given up on Perdue, and would not make any more appearance on his behalf despite being desperate to take down Kemp, who ignored his requests to overturn the state's 2020 election results. They say the former president has complained about Perdue for running a failing campaign. 'David either has a bunch of geniuses working for him — because he’s basically spent no money — or he’s run the most flawed campaign in America,' one source told NBC News.  Fake news, said Trump on his new social media site. 'The Kemp campaign, together with Fake News NBC, has...
    (CNN)It's a refrain that former Sen. David Perdue has made a centerpiece of his campaign for governor in Georgia. "The election in 2020 was rigged and stolen," Perdue asserted at a recent debate. Perdue's former Senate GOP colleagues, however, are less than impressed. "It's absurd," said Sen. Mitt Romney of Utah, when asked about the remarks of Perdue, his former colleague. "I think the effort to try and overturn an election when there is, at this stage, no evidence of widespread fraud is detrimental to democracy and insulting to the American public." "Hell yes," one of Perdue's closest Senate friends told CNN when asked if he was surprised by his ex-colleague's campaign transformation. Read More"I don't know whether he believes it or not. I really don't," said Sen. Kevin Cramer, a North Dakota Republican. "But I'm sure it's a political strategy." Indeed, in his six years in the Senate before losing his reelection bid last year, Perdue was a mainstream Senate Republican member, a business-minded conservative who usually voted with his party.But Perdue announced his bid in December challenging Georgia...
    Georgia candidate Kandiss Taylor has made a conspiracy theory pushed by Alex Jones central to her campaign. Kandiss Taylor, a Republican candidate for governor in Georgia, released a campaign ad on Monday claiming that a Satanic "New World Order" has taken over the world. Taylor's ad was released along with a tweet touting her candidacy to "stand up to the Luciferian Cabal" and "bring the Satanic Regime to its knees." Taylor's ad attacked both COVID-19 vaccines and abortion rights, claiming both are part of a vast conspiracy of "human sacrifice" for "demonic worship." In the ad, Taylor also called for the destruction of the Georgia Guidestones, a series of stone slabs that were erected in Nuberg, Georgia, in 1980. The stones, which call for an undefined "Age of Reason," have been repeatedly attacked by conspiracy theorists in the past. In 2008, the right-wing conspiracy theorist and talk show host Alex Jones referred to the monument as "a cold testament to the elites' sacred mission." The ad concludes with Taylor describing herself as fighting in "a war between good and evil." Taylor...
    A federal judge has ruled that Stacey Abrams cannot yet collect unlimited donations in the Georgia governor’s race. U.S. District Court Judge Mark Cohen from the Northern District of Georgia ruled that Abrams cannot collect unlimited donations as allowed under Georgia law because she is not yet the official Democrat nominee for governor. Abrams is the only Democrat running for governor of Georgia, but she won’t officially become the nominee until after the May 24 primary. Abrams and her One Georgia political action committee filed a federal lawsuit in March that challenges a new law that allows the governor and lieutenant governor, opposing major party nominees, and both Republican and Democrat party caucuses in the Georgia General Assembly to form leadership committees. Those committees are allowed to raise unlimited campaign dollars and can coordinate with a candidate’s campaign. Candidates for office that do not fall under the new law’s criteria are limited to collecting a maximum of $7,600 in primaries or general elections. The limit for runoff elections is $4,500. They also asked in the suit for the judge to...
    A federal judge ruled Thursday that Georgia Democratic gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams cannot take advantage of a state law that would allow her to begin fundraising and spending unlimited campaign contributions because she is not yet her party's nominee. The law was created last year and gives Republican Gov. Brian Kemp a major fundraising advantage in a possible rematch with Abrams. The law lets the governor, the lieutenant governor, the opposing party's gubernatorial nominee, and the party caucuses raise as much money as they can during their campaigns. Challengers cannot use the funds until they win their party's nomination. Abrams and her One Georgia committee filed a lawsuit last month challenging the law. Her lawyers argued that she should be viewed as the Democratic nominee since she doesn't have a primary opponent, but U.S. District Judge Mark Cohen disagreed. "This court will not rewrite Georgia law to enable One Georgia to stand in the same shoes as a leadership committee that, in Plaintiffs' view, is operating in violation of the First Amendment," Cohen wrote in his order. STACEY ABRAMS...
    The Republican Governors Association (RGA) launched a new ad to boost Governor Brian Kemp against his rivals in the Georgia gubernatorial race. The new video, entitled “Results,” targets Democrat Stacey Abrams for seeking “fame,” while Kemp worked to enact policies to help residents of the state. According to a release from the RGA, the 30-second ad will air across the state in the Atlanta, Savannah, Macon, and Augusta media markets. ???? NEW TV ad in Georgia ???? While @staceyabrams traveled the world in search of fame & fortune, @BrianKempGA put Georgia first. WATCH ⬇️ pic.twitter.com/VYMyiTfcFZ — The RGA (@GOPGovs) March 22, 2022 “Stacey Abrams traveled everywhere but Georgia in search of personal fame and fortune, ignoring the people she claims to want to represent,” added RGA Spokeswoman Maddie Anderson. “Governor Brian Kemp is a battle-tested leader for Georgia’s hardworking families, who lowers taxes, tackles crime, and gives parents a say in their child’s education. For Kemp, it’s always Georgia first. Stacey Abrams cannot say the same.” While not mentioning Republican opponent David Perdue, the video touts Kemp’s conservative credentials....
    ATLANTA (AP) — During his two Senate campaigns, Republican David Perdue had little trouble raking in millions in campaign cash. But as he tries to unseat Georgia’s incumbent governor, fellow Republican Brian Kemp, Perdue is struggling to attract donors. Perdue’s top 30 individual contributors pumped in nearly $450,000 to his Senate campaigns in 2014 and 2020, according to campaign finance disclosures. But that same group and their immediate family members have steered just $26,200 to his current run for governor. Kemp, meanwhile, has raised $81,450 from these previous Perdue backers. Purdue’s difficulty winning back previous donors suggests a broader challenge for him ahead of Georgia’s May 24 primary, which is being closely watched for signals about the direction of the national Republican Party. Despite the backing of former President Donald Trump, Purdue is well behind Kemp in what is certain to be an expensive race, an Associated Press review of federal and state campaign finance records shows. Perdue raised just $1.1 million from the launch of his campaign in December through the end of January, an opening stretch when candidates...
    Former Georgia state Rep. Stacey AbramsStacey AbramsFox News poll: Kemp leads Perdue in Georgia GOP governor primary Kemp drops millions on ad buy ahead of Georgia primary Media embrace of Stacey Abrams is a preview of 2022, 2024 election coverage MORE (D) has qualified to appear on the ballot in the Peach State’s gubernatorial race. Tuesday’s qualification was a formality for Abrams in her quest to be the next governor of Georgia. She is the most prominent name in the race to officially make it on the ballot, according to The Associated Press. Abrams is the only Democrat running for governor of Georgia. On the other side of the aisle, however, incumbent Gov. Brain Kemp (R) and former Sen. David PerdueDavid PerdueFox News poll: Kemp leads Perdue in Georgia GOP governor primary Kemp drops millions on ad buy ahead of Georgia primary The Hill's Morning Report - Biden goes after Putin, stresses unity MORE (R-Ga.) are entrenched in a fierce primary race. A Fox News poll conducted earlier this month found that Kemp has an 11 point point lead over Perdue, 50...
    Gov. Brian Kemp continues to hold a modest lead over former Sen. David Perdue in the heated Republican primary race for governor in Georgia, according to a poll published Thursday. The poll, conducted February 28 to March 1 by Fox5 Atlanta/InsiderAdvantage, showed Kemp leading Perdue by nine points, 44 percent to 35 percent. Three percent of respondents backed right-wing candidate Kandiss Taylor, who remains in a distant third place, and another 15 percent said they were undecided or had no opinion. Kemp’s lead is consistent with that of two other recent polls. A Quinnipiac poll conducted in January showed Kemp with a seven-point edge over Perdue, and a Trafalgar survey taken in February had the governor at a ten-point advantage over his opponent. The primary race is being closely watched across the country largely because former President Donald Trump has drawn attention to it by repeatedly voicing his desire to unseat Kemp because of Trump’s disapproval of Georgia’s 2020 election process. Trump quickly announced his endorsement of Perdue when Perdue entered the race in December and sought to strengthen Perdue’s position...
    Georgia Senate candidate Herschel Walker (R) said that he did not support “either” Georgia Gov. Brian KempBrian KempMedia embrace of Stacey Abrams is a preview of 2022, 2024 election coverage All eyes on Trump as Timken gains momentum in Ohio Trump to hold fundraiser, rally for Georgia governor candidate Perdue MORE (R) or former Sen. David PerdueDavid PerdueMedia embrace of Stacey Abrams is a preview of 2022, 2024 election coverage All eyes on Trump as Timken gains momentum in Ohio Trump to hold fundraiser, rally for Georgia governor candidate Perdue MORE (R) in the state's gubernatorial race, saying “I’m mad at both of them.” Walker was asked at a University of North Georgia student gathering on Monday whom he supported in the Georgia governor’s race. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution obtained audio of his response to the gathering, saying he did not support Kemp or Perdue. "I don't support either one of them. I'm mad at both of them,” Walker responded, according to the audio recording. “I speak the truth and let me tell you why. I've known Gov. Kemp since I was 16...
    Incumbent Gov. Brian Kemp (R) has about a ten-point lead over former Sen. David Perdue (R-GA) in the Republican primary race for governor in Georgia, according to a poll published Wednesday. The poll, conducted by the Trafalgar Group among 1,072 likely Republican primary voters, found Kemp ahead of Perdue by 9.6 percent, garnering 49.1 percent support compared to Perdue’s 39.5 percent. 7.7 percent of respondents said they were undecided. Kandiss Taylor, the right-wing candidate in a distant third place, received three percent support. #GAGov @trafalgar_group #GOP primary #poll exclusively on @FOX5Atlanta shows tightening race w/increased awareness (current 58%) of #Perdue #Trumpendorsement. 49.1% @BrianKempGA 39.5% @DavidPerdueGA 3% @KandissTaylor0.7% Garcia 7.7% Und See Report: https://t.co/DZZw1pefjQ pic.twitter.com/sTQZ2rek8Y — Robert C. Cahaly (@RobertCahaly) February 16, 2022 The poll, taken February 11 to 13, is the first to weigh the primary field following former candidate Vernon Jones’ exit from the race. The former state representative and Democrat-turned-Republican dropped out on February 7 at the urging of former President Donald Trump and jumped into the Tenth District congressional race instead. Trump, who has repeatedly expressed grievances...
    Georgia Gov. Brian KempBrian KempThe Memo: Stacey Abrams faces growing furor over mask-free photo Vernon Jones drops bid for Georgia governor to run for Congress Perdue rolls out video hitting Abrams over maskless photo MORE (R) is opening up an early fundraising lead over former Sen. David PerdueDavid PerdueThe Memo: Stacey Abrams faces growing furor over mask-free photo Vernon Jones drops bid for Georgia governor to run for Congress Perdue rolls out video hitting Abrams over maskless photo MORE (R-Ga.) in the Peach State’s hostile GOP gubernatorial primary.  Kemp, who won his seat in 2018, raised more than $7.4 million between July 1 and Jan. 31 and has more than $12.7 million in the bank. Perdue, who only entered the race in early December, raised $1.1 million by Jan. 31, his campaign said in a statement. The amount Perdue has in the bank was not immediately available. Both candidates looked to tout their own fundraising, casting themselves as the candidate with the most momentum in what has already shaped up to be a bitter nominating contest. “While Perdue raised an...
      Republican Vernon Jones announced last spring that he would run for governor of Georgia to unseat incumbent and fellow Republican Brian Kemp, but on Monday Jones announced he will depart that race to run for Congress. Jones posted the news on Facebook and Twitter. He then endorsed another Republican for governor. “After much prayer and consideration, I have decided that I can best serve the people of Georgia in the Congress of the United States. I believe that strong conservative voices need to be heard as we lead America into the future. Because of this decision, I am officially withdrawing my candidacy for governor effective today and will be supporting David Perdue for governor,” Jones wrote. “He [Perdue] is a good man who loves our state and loves our country. I’d like to thank the thousands of Georgians who welcomed me into their homes and communities. I would ask for their continued support as I seek to represent them in the United States Congress. Together as conservatives we will take Georgia back.” Perdue, responding to Jones’ withdrawal, tweeted Monday...
    Former Georgia Rep. Vernon Jones announced on Monday he is no longer running for governor and will instead run for U.S. Congress in the Peach State in a district to be determined. Jones, a former Democrat who switched parties and became a Republican in 2021, said he plans to support former Sen. David Perdue (R-GA) in the governor’s race moving forward, calling Perdue “a good man who loves our state and loves our Country.” “After much prayer & consideration I have decided that I can best serve the people of Georgia in the Congress of the United States,” Jones wrote in a statement Monday. “I believe that strong conservative voices need to be heard as we lead America into the future,” Jones continued. “Because of this decision I am officially withdrawing my candidacy for Governor effective today and will be supporting David Perdue for Governor.” Straight from the horse’s mouth! pic.twitter.com/GUrqu4CR3t — Vernon Jones For Governor (@RepVernonJones) February 7, 2022 Perdue, who is vying to unseat incumbent Gov. Brian Kemp (R) in an already-heated Republican primary race, welcomed Jones’s support....
    ATLANTA (AP) — One of the Republican challengers to incumbent Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp dropped out of the race Monday, a move that could help clear the way for Donald Trump-backed challenger David Perdue in Georgia’s GOP primary. Vernon Jones, a Democrat who switched parties as part of full-throated backing of the former president, said Monday that he will run for Congress instead. However, Jones did not immediately say which of Georgia’s 14 congressional seats he will seek. “I believe that strong conservative voices need to be heard as we lead America into the future,” Jones said. “Because of this decision I am officially withdrawing my candidacy for governor effective today and will be supporting David Perdue for governor. He is a good man who loves our state and loves our country.” Jones’ announcement came days after a late January meeting in which Trump pledged to endorse Jones in a congressional race if he stepped down to clear the field for Perdue, according to a person who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss the private meeting. The...
      Republican Vernon Jones commented Wednesday about his status as a Republican gubernatorial candidate for Georgia, but the messages he sent seemed unclear and came across as mixed. This, after media outlets speculated that Jones might suspend his campaign and seek another office, per the supposed wishes of former President Donald Trump. Trump, in December, endorsed Republican David Perdue’s campaign to unseat incumbent GOP Governor Brian Kemp. Jones on Wednesday posted on Facebook and said that he — and neither Kemp nor Perdue — will square off against the presumed Democratic Party nominee for governor. “I can’t wait to debate Stacey Abrams!” Jones wrote. Later in the day, though, Jones seemed to tweet that he’s open to other possibilities. “There’s been a lot of speculation about my political future, as of late. My priority is – and has been since Day One – is to do whatever it takes to defeat Brian Kemp who’s cowardice nearly cost us our country. I will always stand with President Trump in anywhere I serve,” Jones wrote. The Georgia Star News’ attempts to reach...
    Nominees for governor in Georgia will have a new weapon to wield this fall, with state-sanctioned super PACs permitted to raise unlimited funds and coordinate with candidate campaigns. As an incumbent, Republican Gov. Brian Kemp already has access to what Georgia law refers to as a state leadership PAC. Georgians First could provide Kemp with a distinct advantage over his primary challenger, former Sen. David Perdue. Both Republicans are supported by outside groups. But through a state law he enacted, only Kemp has the backing of a political action committee that can raise unlimited funds and coordinate with his 2022 campaign. And as of the conclusion of the May 24 Georgia primary election, so will Democrat Stacey Abrams, a national fundraising powerhouse. Abrams is the putative Democratic nominee for governor, and under Georgia law, upon being nominated for state office she is treated like an incumbent and empowered to stand up a state-sanctioned super PAC that can raise unlimited funds and coordinate with her gubernatorial campaign — and any other Democratic campaign she chooses. Republicans are on track for...
                 Governor Brian Kemp delivered his yearly State of the State address Thursday, where he announced his policy priorities for the 2022 session of the Georgia General Assembly, and they include reducing crime and reforming public education. “From the classroom to the ball field, there are those who want to divide our kids along political lines, push partisan agendas, and indoctrinate students from all walks of life. This is wrong, it’s dangerous, and as long as I’m governor, it will not take root in Georgia,” Kemp said. “That’s why I look forward to working with members of the General Assembly this legislative session to protect our students from divisive ideologies — like Critical Race Theory — that pit kids against each other.” Members of the Georgia Board of Education voted last June to formally oppose teaching Critical Race Theory (CRT) in the state’s K-12 classrooms. Board members at the time described beliefs such as CRT as “concepts that impute fault, blame, a tendency to oppress others, or the need to feel guilt or anguish to persons solely because of their race or...
    The balance of power could flip in Washington after next year’s midterm elections if Republicans win a House and/or Senate majority. But state legislatures and governor’s mansions could be in for dramatic changes as well. With 36 governorships up in 2022, here are five among the most likely to change party control. Georgia If Georgia Republicans want to maintain control of the Peach State’s governor’s mansion, they will have to unify behind a candidate after what's shaping up to be a brutal primary. AFTER SCHOOLS-HEAVY CAMPAIGN THEME, YOUNGKIN NAMES NEXT VIRGINIA EDUCATION SECRETARY Former Sen. David Purdue, backed by former President Donald Trump, is running a primary campaign against incumbent Republican Gov. Brian Kemp. The first-term governor sparked Trump's ire for not backing his baseless claims of a stolen election in 2020, when Georgia chose a Democratic presidential nominee for the first time since 1992. Trump vowed revenge against Kemp and other GOP officials who did not overturn election results. Purdue in January was defeated for reelection to his Senate seat. Meanwhile, Democrats...
    DECATUR, Ga. (AP) — Stacey Abrams, who built her national reputation by advocating for voting rights, is calling on Congress to take action on federal voting rules as the Democrat launches a second bid to become Georgia’s governor. Senators including Georgia Democrat Raphael Warnock, Abrams’ close ally, have been arguing in recent days that the Senate must try again on federal voting standards, despite earlier setbacks. In an interview Thursday with The Associated Press, Abrams said senators need to override Republican opposition to new federal voting guarantees by weakening the legislation-blocking filibuster to allow the Democrats’ bare majority to pass new rules. Otherwise, Abrams said, more Republican-dominated state legislatures nationwide will adopt voting restrictions like Georgia did this year. “Starting in January, when legislators come back into session in 2022, we’re going to see a maelstrom of voter suppression laws. I understand the resistance to completely dismantling the filibuster. But I do believe there’s a way to restore the Senate to a working body so that things like defending democracy can actually take place.” Abrams lost narrowly to Republican Brian...
    The Georgia Republican Party Former has reportedly asked Sen. David Perdue (R-Ga.) not to run against Gov. Brian Kemp (R), a new report confirms, according to multiple reports. On Wednesday, December 15, reports began circulating about the letter. A total of c25 out of 34 Senate Republican lawmakers signed on in support of the appeal to Perdue as they asked him to join them in support of Kemp's re-election. "We are asking you to join us in fully supporting and endorsing Governor Brian Kemp for re-election. Governor Kemp has led Georgia to the est economic time in history while navigating us through the pandemic better than all other states," the letter reads. "Our GOP and state must be unified behind our Governor with a positive message to keep Georgiaconservative and moving forward. Please consider this an open invitation to hear from us personally in more detail." Despite the party's request, according to Axios, Perdue has rejected the party's appeal for him to drop out of the race. He also shared his reaction to the request from members of his...
    Former President TrumpDonald TrumpBiden heading to Kansas City to promote infrastructure package Trump calls Milley a 'f---ing idiot' over Afghanistan withdrawal First rally for far-right French candidate Zemmour prompts protests, violence MORE endorsed former Sen. David PerdueDavid PerduePerdue to challenge Kemp in Georgia governor primary: report Georgia becomes ground zero for 2022 elections The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Biden talks up bright side beneath omicron's cloud MORE (R-Ga.) in Georgia's gubernatorial GOP primary, a contest that is shaping up to be one of the most competitive political battles of the 2022 election cycle.  "David Perdue has my Complete and Total Endorsement. He will not let you down!" Trump said in a statement Monday evening. Earlier Monday, Trump called the state's Republican governor's rae "interesting" just after Perdue formally announced his candidacy.  Purdue’s entry into the race marked a win for Trump, who had long looked for a strong candidate to take on current Georgia Gov. Brian KempBrian KempPerdue to challenge Kemp in Georgia governor primary: report The Memo: Media obsess over Trump's past as he eyes comeback Georgia becomes ground zero for...
    Incumbent GOP Gov. Brian Kemp incurred the wrath of Donald Trump during the 2020 presidential election. Just 11 months after losing his Senate reelection bid, Republican David Perdue has launched a primary challenge to incumbent Georgia Republican Gov. Brian Kemp. Perdue's last unsuccessful campaign was notable for accusations of bigotry in his advertising and for allegations that he abused his office and engaged in insider trading. Perdue announced his candidacy on Monday with a video message that accused the incumbent of being "to blame" for his party's divisions. Former President Donald Trump, who has been scheming to unseat Kemp, reportedly encouraged Perdue to run and is expected to back him. The former corporate CEO and self-described political "outsider" won his 2014 Senate race 53%-45% over Democrat Michelle Nunn. But in November 2020, Perdue failed to win a majority against Democrat Jon Ossoff. Under Georgia law, the two were forced into a runoff election, which was held on Jan. 5 runoff and in which Ossoff prevailed 50.6%-49.4%. Though he began as a heavy...
    ATLANTA (AP) — Former U.S. Sen. David Perdue will challenge Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp in 2022’s Republican primary for governor, according to reports by multiple news outlets Sunday, setting up a heated clash while Democrat Stacey Abrams is likely to await the winner. Perdue’s plans were first confirmed Sunday by Politico. He’s been encouraged publicly by former President Donald Trump and has been flirting with running for governor for months. Supporters of the 71-year-old former senator, who lost his seat to Democrat Jon Ossoff in a runoff in January, say they believe Perdue can beat Abrams while Kemp can’t. “Perdue can bring together the Trump base and those Republicans, independents, and moderate Democrats who will find Abrams too radical,” former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich wrote on Nov. 12. “Perdue is the one candidate who can defeat Abrams.” But Kemp is promising an all-out brawl as he tries to win a second term, with Kemp spokesperson Cody Hall saying Perdue is running only to “soothe his own bruised ego” over his loss to Ossoff. “The man who lost Republicans the...
    MSNBC host Rachel Maddow asked Georgia political star Stacey Abrams about her 2018 race against now-Gov. Brian Kemp, noting “you famously were contentious about the loss.” On Thursday night’s edition of The Rachel Maddow Show, the popular liberal host interviewed Abrams, who has just announced a run for Georgia governor in 2022. Along the way, Maddow touched on the 2018 governor’s race, which saw Abrams admit defeat but not concession. “When you so narrowly lost, you famously were contentious about the loss, saying that you didn’t necessarily think it had been a fair fight,” Maddow said. She asked Abrams “How do you feel about that now looking back at it, and how do you want people to understand how that dynamic affected the race the first time?” Ms. Abrams responded by telling Maddow that she had “battled with the then-secretary of state over his egregious and aggressive voter suppression activities.” Abrams added that “on the night on the 16th of November when I acknowledged that I would not become governor, that he had won the election, I did not challenge...
    (CNN)A simmering war within the Georgia Republican Party is about -- what else? -- Donald Trump.The former President -- still angry over how Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp responded to the 2020 election results in his state -- may get his wish for a credible primary challenger to the Republican leader. Republicans in the state have told CNN they expect former Sen. David Perdue to make a decision soon about running against Kemp in next year's primary, after Perdue allies floated the possibility last month.At the center of the potential fight is Trump's false contention that the election was stolen, with the narrow victory for Joe Biden in Georgia as a central part of the tale. Despite Kemp's call for an audit that turned up no substantial change in the overall vote count, Trump continues to blame the governor for not contesting the results enough and has vowed to back a primary challenger.So far, no one of note has emerged to take on Kemp and get the Trump endorsement. A Perdue bid for governor could change that.A match-up between Kemp and...
    Former Sen. David PerdueDavid PerdueWill Trump choose megalomania over country? I voted for Trump in 2020 — he proved to be the ultimate RINO in 2021 Draft Georgia congressional lines target McBath, shore up Bourdeaux MORE (D-Ga.) is mulling a potential primary challenge to Georgia Gov. Brian KempBrian KempI voted for Trump in 2020 — he proved to be the ultimate RINO in 2021 Abrams targets Black churchgoers during campaign stops for McAuliffe in Virginia Arbery murder trial set to begin this week MORE, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported, raising the possibility of a bitter intra-party brawl between two GOP heavyweights. Speculation has swirled for months that Perdue could mount a bid for the governor’s mansion. He ruled out a 2022 campaign against Sen. Raphael WarnockRaphael WarnockWarnock planning memoir for June release 5 sticking points holding back Democrats' spending package Democrats face critical 72 hours MORE (D-Ga.) in February, but has maintained a regular presence at grassroots events in Georgia and recently met with former President Donald TrumpDonald TrumpJan. 6 panel plans to subpoena Trump lawyer who advised on how to...
    Virginia Democratic gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe nodded along as Democratic activist and former Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams repeated the claim that she truly won the 2018 governor's race. "You see, I'm here to tell you that just because you win doesn't mean [you've] won," Abrams declared, with McAuliffe nodding in the background. "I come from a state where I was not entitled to become the governor, but as an American citizen and as a citizen of Georgia, I'm going to fight for every person who has the right to vote to be able to cast that vote. And here in Virginia, you need to cast that vote for Terry McAuliffe!" YOUNGKIN CAMPAIGN AD USES MCAULIFFE'S WORDS TO SHOWCASE HIS STANCE AGAINST PARENTS INFLUENCING SCHOOLS Throughout Abrams' remarks, McAuliffe nodded, occasionally quite vigorously, and then he broke out into applause when she asked Virginians to vote for him. On the night of the election in 2018, Abrams conceded that "former Secretary of State Brian Kemp will be certified as the victor in the 2018 gubernatorial election." But she added, "To...
    Former Georgia Democratic gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams is scheduled to campaign this weekend with former Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe in his race for a second term, his campaign announced. Abrams, who became a voting rights activist after her failed 2018 bid for Georgia governor, will join McAuliffe on Sunday, when the pair will make overtures to religious voters at three Norfolk-area churches and participate in a "Souls to the Polls" event in the city. The coastal Virginia city and surrounding areas have significant black populations. McAuliffe and Abrams are also scheduled to host a grassroots event in Northern Virginia that afternoon. Abrams became a Democratic icon of sorts in her losing gubernatorial bid. She refused to concede to Republican Gov. Brian Kemp, citing voter roll purges he conducted as secretary of state, which, according to her, discriminated against Georgia's black voting population. NEW MEXICO DEMOCRATIC GOVERNOR'S CAMPAIGN PAYS EX-STAFFER OVER CROTCH-GRABBING INCIDENT McAuliffe holds a “small but narrowing” lead over his Republican rival Glenn Youngkin, a Christopher Newport University poll released last week found. McAuliffe...
    CNN’s Jake Tapper has vowed to blacklist Republicans who question the results of the 2020 presidential election, despite giving Stacey Abrams a platform in 2018 to do just that and claim election interference following her loss to now-Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp (R). During an appearance last week on Kara Swisher’s New York Times podcast, “Sway,” Tapper insisted “there’s about a third of the House Republican caucus that I am willing to book” and offered to provide names of those who he felt safe enough to interview. Following his comments on the podcast, Tapper released a statement to Politico Playbook, attempting to backtrack and say this “isn’t a policy,” but rather a “discussion” on whether to continue having on certain Republicans. This isn’t a policy, it’s a discussion I think everyone in the news media should be having. Should those who shared the election lie that incited the deadly attack on the Capitol and that continues to erode confidence in our democracy be invited onto our airwaves to continue to spread the Big Lie? Can our viewers count on these politicians to tell the truth...
    Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee (R) signed a bill into law on Monday which bans critical race theory from being taught in schools across the state. The legislation, which will take effect on July 1, prevents educators from teaching that “an individual, by virtue of the individual’s race or sex, is inherently privileged, racist, sexist, or oppressive, whether consciously or subconsciously.” In signing the bill, Lee insisted that students should learn about “the exceptionalism of our nation” instead of things that “inherently divide” people. This year, Tennessee lawmakers passed HB 0580/SB 0623, which would withhold funding from schools when students are taught about topics like systemic racism and white privilege, as reported by Nashville’s Fox 17. “The Governor signed the bill and believes Tennessee students should be taught history and civics with facts, not divisive political commentary,” a spokesperson for the governor said. Lee’s signing of the legislation has been met with backlash by several groups in the state including the American Civil Liberties Union of Tennessee, which released a statement on the matter: We are very troubled by Governor Lee’s censorship of discussions of race...
    Delta’s corporate political action committee (PAC) DeltaPAC will co-host a fundraiser with a top Coca-Cola executive for a controversial House Democrat who has falsely claimed the 2018 governor election in Georgia was “stolen” from Democrat Stacey Abrams, Breitbart News has learned. Upcoming on April 23, DeltaPAC will co-host a virtual fundraiser for Rep. Nikema Williams (D-GA), an invitation obtained by Breitbart News reveals. DeltaPAC’s treasurer, per documents filed with the Federal Election Commission (FEC), Eric Burgeson—who is also the company’s managing director of government affairs—has not replied to a request for comment from Breitbart News on the matter. Burgeson previously worked for Republicans in Washington, DC, serving in the George W. Bush administration as a Special Assistant to the President as well as Associate Director for Presidential Personnel. He also worked for former Rep. Bill Shuster (R-PA), the former chairman of the House Transportation Committee, as the committee’s chief of staff. Kent Landers DeltaPAC Nikema Williams by Breitbart News on Scribd The fundraising invitation lists DeltaPAC and Kent Landers as the lead hosts for the fundraiser for Williams this...
    Former Democratic Georgia state Rep. Vernon Jones said Monday that he is “looking closely” at the 2022 Georgia gubernatorial election. Vernon accused Republican Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp of compromising former President Donald Trump’s 2020 reelection. “We need courageous conservatives leading our state, not those afraid to stand up to the Radical Left,” Jones concluded the statement. I’m looking closely at Georgia’s race for Governor. If it weren’t for Brian Kemp, Donald Trump would still be President of these United States. We need courageous conservatives leading our state, not those afraid to stand up to the Radical Left. — Vernon Jones (@RepVernonJones) March 22, 2021 Vernon, a life-long Democrat, was reportedly harassed by the members of his party after he voiced his support for Donald Trump’s policies in April. He resigned shortly thereafter, claiming that he takes pride “in being an independent thinker.” Jones believes that it was not him who left the Democratic party, but it was the party that left him. The incumbent Georgia governor is believed to face a strong opposition in his bid for reelection in...
    Republican strategists in Georgia announced the launch of a group called “Stop Stacey” on Monday as they prepare for a potential rematch between Gov. Brian Kemp (R) and Democrat activist Stacey Abrams in the state’s 2022 race for governor. The group plans to target Abrams, who narrowly lost to then-Secretary of State Kemp in the 2018 governor’s race and who has since led massive fundraising efforts for Democrats through Fair Fight and the New Georgia Project, groups that contributed to the party upsetting Republicans in the November 3 presidential election and two Senate runoff elections last month. “After losing the White House and United States Senate in 2020, grassroots Republicans across Georgia and America are standing together to stop radical Stacey Abrams,” the group’s senior strategist, Jeremy Brand, said. “Thanks to her socialist backers and billionaires like George Soros, Stacey Abrams has raised over $100 million to orchestrate a total takeover in the 2022 election.” The group, which said its initial seed funding is in the six-figures, hopes to compete with Abrams’ large-scale cash flow. Over a two-year period, Fair...
    By The Associated Press The Latest on the Senate runoffs in Georgia (all times local): 5:50 p.m. Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp has denounced the violent mob that stormed the U.S. Capitol, calling their actions a “disgrace and quite honestly un-American.” “It is unimaginable that we have people in our state and in our country that have been threatening police officers, breaking into government buildings,” the Republican governor said at a news conference Wednesday inside the Georgia Capitol. “This is not the Georgia way and it is not the way of our country.” Kemp said he is extending an executive order to activate the Georgia National Guard ahead of the state’s regular legislative session, which is scheduled to begin Monday. Kemp has repeatedly resisted demands from President Donald Trump and other Republicans to call a special session to overturn Georgia’s presidential election results. He has previously argued it would violate state law for the General Assembly to name electors instead of following the current state law that calls for the governor to certify electors after results are certified. “For those of...
    President Trump on Monday slammed Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp, Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan, and Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger for not doing their part to help overturn the state's election results in his favor.  "Governor @BrianKempGA and his puppet @GeoffDuncanGA, together with the Secretary of State of Georgia, are very slow on Signature Verification, and won't allow Fulton County to be examined. What are these RINOS hiding? We will easily win Presidential State race." He added, "@Kloeffler and @sendavidperdue will not be able to win on January 5th. unless these people allow Signature Verification in presidential race. K&D need it for their race also, & Georgia spirit will rise to such a high that they will easily bring home a great victory. Move fast @BrianKempGA."  https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/1341043285368909824 Georgia mandates signature verification by law, so Trump's constant complaints over it have some people scratching their heads. Trump has been extremely critical of Kemp and Raffensperger, both Republicans, and believes their handling of the state election resulted in his nationwide loss.  The outgoing president has threatened Kemp's job, blamed him for Georgia flipping from a deep-red state to...
    President Donald Trump and his allies enthusiastically backed Brian Kemp in his 2018 gubernatorial race against Stacey Abrams in Georgia. The president gave Kemp his “full and total endorsement,” touted at one point that his endorsement helped boost Kemp’s candidacy, and even said once Kemp’s race was over, “He won. It is time to move on!” [email protected] ran a great race in Georgia – he won. It is time to move on! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 9, 2018 Because Kemp hasn’t been going along with what Trump and his allies have demanded in their baseless claims of voter fraud, they’ve turned on him and started attacking him. White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany joined in on Sean Hannity’s show Monday night. Hannity again said Kemp has the authority to call the legislature back into session — for a move both Kemp and the Republican lieutenant governor have said would be unconstitutional. McEnany continued to demand Kemp convene that special session to “allow for signature match” and accused him of trying to “deceive voters.” And then she...
    Glamour magazine, reports that Democrat Stacey Abrams will run for the Georgia governorship in 2022, a race she lost in 2018 to then Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp (R). Abrams never conceded to Kemp in that contest but is reportedly willing to try once more. The Glamour article’s title and subtitle reveal the author is not reporting on but advocating for Abrams and celebrating President Donald Trump’s defeat ahead of any official declaration of the 46th president of the United States. “Stacey Abrams reportedly plans to run for governor again in 2022, thank God,” the headline reads. “Sources say that Abrams — a lawyer and voting rights activist credited in part for Donald Trump’s defeat — could make a second run for governor of Georgia in 2022,” the subhead reads. Glamour praised Abrams throughout its report: Abrams was widely expected to follow her gubernatorial campaign with a run for president in the Democratic primary. She was popular and ambitious, and thought to be a serious contender. Instead, Abrams — whose career includes such diverse credentials as published romance novelist and...
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