Georgia Governor Brian P. Kemp signed the filing and officially qualified to appear on the ballot and stand for re-election. First, he has a Republican primary against former US Senator David Perdue. Kemp, 58, heads into the race with confidence after a recent FOX News poll put him eleven points clear of Perdue. Kemp did not mention Perdue by name during his speech. However, the governor believes he has what it takes to defeat Stacey Abrams a second time.
“My focus is on Stacey Abrams,” Kemp said. “We’ve waited three years for this day. You know what we have to overcome to win the nomination. We’re not taken for granted, but our focus is on who the real opponent will be. We know the Democrats will rally behind her and make her case. Well, I’m the best candidate to beat her in November, and conservatives across the state know it.”
Stacey Abrams is the only Democrat running for governor.
As the red-and-black shields waved behind him, Governor Kemp highlighted his victories during his tenure. In a show of strength, Kemp announced increasing teachers’ salaries by $5,000, a pay rise for state employees, fighting street gangs and reducing human trafficking, all while becoming the first state to reopen its economy amid the coronavirus pandemic .
“We have pledged that we will raise teachers’ salaries, invest in our schools, fight gangs, keep our #1 state for business and prioritize economic development in rural parts of our state, that we will fight for our values and ignore them who wanted to do that play politics,” Kemp said. “I’m proud to say that by working together, we’ve managed to do just that.”
In 2018, then-Secretary of State Brian Kemp defeated Casey Cagle in a Republican primary in which former President Donald J. Trump endorsed Kemp. During the general election there were allegations of fraud and exaggeration by Kemp’s office.
The former secretary of state wanted to investigate the Georgia Democratic Party for attempting to hack into the state’s electoral systems. These allegations were unfounded. At that time, the registrations of 50,000 Georgian voters were in a “pending” status as their registration forms did not exactly match the personal information in government databases.
Kemp declared victory over Stacey Abrams in November 2018 after leading by 50,000 votes. It was the profit margin, which corresponded to the number of voter registrations, that was held in abeyance.
Almost four years later, Kemp is going full steam ahead despite losing Trump’s support as his friend David Perdue is now up against him.
“I’ve said that about 500,000 times in the last two years. I can’t control what other people do in politics, whether it’s my opponent, whether it’s people who support him. I’m focused on doing what Georgians want,” Kemp said.
Kemp’s strong support lies within the Georgian business community, particularly in the state’s agricultural industry, as he championed rural operations. Recently, the total value of crops produced in Georgia increased by more than 20% in 2021, according to figures released by the US Department of Agriculture.
Farmers in the state produced $2.61 billion in crops last year, not counting the value of poultry, livestock or trees, driven by record per-acre yields in cotton, corn and soybeans. That’s an increase of $2.17 billion in 2020 harvests.
One area to watch is whether or not David Perdue will appear in a televised debate. Gov. Kemp has agreed to attend four debates leading up to the May 24 primary.
“Governor Kemp has a strong, conservative record of fighting — and winning — for hard-working Georgians and looks forward to sharing that record and his vision for the next four years with voters in these nationwide televised debates,” said Governor Kemp’s Director of Communications and Senior Advisor Cody Hall said in a statement.
The deadline for registering to vote for the May 24 primary is April 25. Interested parties can currently register to receive and vote by post.