BREAKING: Georgia Republicans have elected Trump-backed Secretary of State to Governor Outflow.
Brian Kemp defeats three-term Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle in Georgia republican governor outflow. He will face Democrat-nominated Stacey Abrams, who is trying to become the nation's first female African-American governor. Kemp's campaign has depicted conservatives as a put-up minority in a state where the GOP has held the governor's mansion since 2003.
Cagle beat Kemp 13 points in the May 22nd Main Round, but was weakened by missteps. Added to this is Kemp's confirmation by President Trump last week, reinforced by a visit by Vice President Pence over the weekend.
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Polls closed Tuesday night in Georgia, where President Trump preferred the governor's candidate to oust the former leader in the Republican primary.
Secretary of State Brian Kemp, an immigration hardliner who won Trump's support less than a week ago, saw Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle in a GOP outflow that has sounded loud beyond the borders of the state.
The winner will face Democrat candidate Stacey Abrams, who would be the first female African-American governor of a state. A Kemp victory would make the race a sharp contrast, representing the cultural, racial and political divisions that plagued the country in the Trump era, in a rapidly diversifying state.
The GOP served as the latest test of Trump's dominance in the Republican Party. His endorsement has proved valuable in recent months in the primaries from the deep south to the northeast.
In Georgia, Republicans, however, had to consider whether Trump would strengthen or weaken the party in the parliamentary elections. Kemp ran as a Trump conservative in a state where the president barely surpassed the 50 percent mark in 2016.
Trump reaffirmed his support on Tuesday morning and tweeted: "Today is the day for Brian Kemp. That will be great for Georgia, full support!"
The President gave Kemp his political blessing last Wednesday and formally supported the nominee as a self-proclaimed candidate "politically incorrect conservatives". Over the weekend, Vice President Pence flew in the state fighting for Kemp, arguing that he would "bring the kind of leadership into the State House that President Donald Trump has brought to the White House."
The White House imprimatur was a heavy hit for Cagle, the longtime favorite, the nomination, which had the support of many elected Republicans and ended first in elementary school on May 22. But its edge faded in a competition marked by embarrassing sound recordings, allegations of "fake news" and Trump's involvement.
As he moved through the crowded suburbs, he was called by rivals as the "Establishment" candidate Cagle he took steps to appease the rights, including a fight against the Atlanta-based Delta Air Lines because of their criticism of the National Rifle Association as well as support for private school tax breaks to weaken another candidate for the governor
This became a real controversy in June when Conservative Governor Clay Tippins released a record from Cagle that admitted that He had expressly supported the measure to violate a third candidate, Hunter Hill.
"It's not about public politics, it's about … Politics There's a group that is preparing to put $ 3 million behind Hunter Hill," Cagle said on the shoot. "Is it a bad public policy? Between you and me it is."
Cagle began to immerse herself in the polls after the broadcast of this record; Hill would support Kemp as a candidate who "will not sell public policy to the highest bidder." And Tippins was not finished, Cagle wounded again with the tone of the top candidate and said that Kemp ran to be the "craziest" candidate in the race.
"It sounds like Casey Cagle getting like Hillary Clinton," Kemp told reporters this month. "I would ask all these nuts to choose Brian Kemp for the Governor in the Republican runoff election."
Kemp has eagerly waded into the wars of culture in his election campaign, boasting that liberals dislike the national anthem
At his perhaps most famous place, published before the first round of the election, Kemp boasted with a big truck – "just in case I have to convict criminals and take them home." 19659020] Cagle has defended himself in the race as a true conservative. In his latest attack, he accused Kemp, who has been Secretary of State for eight years, of "20 years of failure." In another ad, Cagle pictured gathering a crowd of conservatives – some wore "Make America Great Again" caps – against the negative stories
"Dirty tricks and false news are what we expect," Cagle said. "I will never apologize for banishing the cities of the sanctuary or for preventing the Liberals from choosing the values that make our country great."
Republicans from Georgia have held the governor's residence since 2003, with legislative majorities that have made Democrats largely irrelevant in state policy. But the crushing of the competition has encouraged Democrats who believe the GOP will alienate right-wing suburban voters who are drifting away from the party in the Trump era.
Abrams has raised a hefty $ 6 million for the race – nearly $ 3 million of them since winning the primary. Trump's turnout of 50.44 percent in the 2016 elections was the lowest for a Republican presidential candidate in two decades. The Democrats have since increased their share in the elections in local elections.
Abrams, the former minority leader of the Georgia House, won the Democratic primary, while he left with leaders from women, workers, the LGBT community and other concerns gathered on stage – predicting a rising coalition at a rally Minorities and liberal whites "would make the state of Georgia and the nation blue again".
According to A, the Hispanic population of Georgia has grown to nearly 10 percent of the state's recent estimate of the Census Bureau. African Americans make up almost a third of the state's population.
Further down the campaign, the Democrats selected their nominees in two Atlanta suburban congressional districts, who were cited for Republican election, but who in 2016 moved away from the presidential party.
In the 6th district, where first-time Democratic candidate Jon Ossoff lost a close special vote last year, gun security activist Lucy McBath faced businessman Kevin Abel. In the more conservative Seventh District, former Congressional Adviser Carolyn Bourdeaux and Education Company General Manager David Kim vied for the right to challenge Republican incumbent Rep. Rob Woodall.
Until 2016, none of the districts was particularly competitive. While Karen Handel defeated Ossoff in the 6th district last year, Trump won only 48.3 percent of the vote and only 51.1 percent in the 7th district – compared to the 60 percent Mitt Romney won in both districts in 2012 ,
Woodall has withheld his potential Democratic opponents in fundraising; Handel has got both Democrats to challenge them.