Brian Kemp defeated Stacey Abrams and won the re-election bid for governor of Georgia, CNN projects
Republican Governor Brian Kemp is up for re-election Georgiaprojected CNN, winning a rematch of his 2018 race against Democrat Stacey Abrams.
Kemp was seen as the front-runner in the race for months, and Abrams has been unable to capture the momentum she experienced in 2018 and has been hampered by broader voter dissatisfaction with Democratic control of Washington.
Victory reasserts Republican control executive office in Georgia just two years removed from Democrats winning both US Senate seats and President Joe Biden becoming the first Democrat to win the state since Bill Clinton in 1992.
Abrams’ defeat is a blow to Democrats who have long tried to elevate her in a state that until recently was dominated by Republicans. After losing to Kemp by less than two percentage points in 2018, Abrams was among the women considered to run alongside Biden. She is often touted as one of the most influential Democrats in the country, even though she currently holds no public office.
Kemp’s victory is a clear sign that Republicans’ economic arguments were more powerful in 2022 than Democrats’ focus on abortion.
Abrams focused her campaign on the issue after the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade over the summer. She told CNN in September that the issue would be “front and center in the conversation” — especially Kemp’s signing of legislation that bans most abortions when early heart activity is detected, when many women don’t even know they’re pregnant.
Kemp said in the election campaign that he stands by that law, noting that it foresees some exceptions. Instead, he spent much of his time focused on inflation, crime, and antipathy toward the Biden administration.
“Georgians should know that my desire is to continue to help them fight 40 years of high inflation and high gas prices and other things that our families in Georgia are facing right now, quite frankly, because of bad politics in Washington, DC, by President Biden and the Democrats who are in total control,” Kemp said in his first debate against Abrams.
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