Polls had proven Kemp main Abrams within the run-up to Tuesday’s vote, with the ultimate Atlanta Journal-Structure ballot placing the Republican incumbent a minimum of seven factors forward.
Kemp was capable of differentiate himself from different Republicans throughout the nation, and even in his personal state, by portray himself as somebody who had stood as much as Trump whereas sustaining his conservative bona fides.
The governor drew Trump’s ire within the 2020 election by refusing to strain Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger to overturn President Joe Biden’s win. “He’s performed completely nothing,” Trump stated within the election’s fast aftermath. “I am ashamed that I endorsed him. However I have a look at what’s happening. It’s so horrible.” (Trump and his allies are actually going through felony investigations within the state for his or her actions relating to the 2020 election.)
At a September 2021 rally in Georgia, Trump even joked together with his crowd of supporters that Abrams may need performed a greater job within the governor’s mansion. “Stacey, would you prefer to take his place?”
Trump subsequently endorsed former senator David Perdue within the Republican major, however Kemp cruised to a simple victory in Could.
But Kemp was in no way progressive when it got here to voting rights. In March 2021, he signed into regulation a collection of latest restrictions that, amongst different issues, imposed new ID necessities for absentee ballots, restricted the usage of poll drop containers, and criminalized the handing out of meals or water to voters ready in strains.
Abrams blasted the regulation, which was signed by Kemp in entrance of a portray of a plantation the place Black folks have been as soon as enslaved, as “Jim Crow 2.0.” Main League Baseball officers additionally moved an All-Star recreation out of Atlanta in protest of the brand new laws.
There has additionally been a deep divide between Abrams and Kemp on abortion, with the governor having signed a restrictive six-week ban in 2019 that went into impact this 12 months upon the Supreme Court docket’s overturning of Roe v. Wade.
The Democrat had pledged that, if elected, she would work with the state legislature to attempt to reverse the six-week ban.