On Saturday, July 21, Vice President Mike Pence came into Macon to campaign for Georgia Gubernatorial candidate Brian Kemp. This visit comes just a few days after President Trump tweeted his endorsement of Kemp. The president wrote, “Brian Kemp is running for Governor of the great state of Georgia. The Primary is on Tuesday. Brian is tough on crime, strong on the border and illegal immigration. He loves our Military and our Vets and protects our Second Amendment. I give him my full and total endorsement.”
Back in May, there were primaries to determine who would be the nominees for Governor. There were 5 Republican candidates for governor; however, in November, only one will be on the general election ballot. The primary results usually determine who that one person will be. In May, there was a problem. The winner must receive over 50% of the vote. The problem was that no candidate received 50%. Lieutenant Governor Casey Cagle came in first with 39%, and Secretary of State Brian Kemp came in second with 25%. Since Cagle and Kemp got first and second place, we will have a run-off next week (July 22) to see of those two, who will be the candidate on the general election ballot. On the Democratic side, there were only 2 candidates Stacey Abrams and Stacey Evans. Going into the election, Democrats knew there would be no runoff. The winner, Abrams, received all the big name endorsements from people such as Rep. John Lewis, Senators Kamala Harris and Bernie Sanders, and Hillary Clinton.
Vice President Pence came to the Macon Centreplex’s Wilson Convention Center to support Brian Kemp against Casey Cagle in the runoff. Eric Erickson was the rally MC and other speakers included Bubba McDonald (chairman of the Public Service Commission), Congressman Jody Hice, and former gubernatorial candidate Clay Tippins. Then, Kemp himself took the stage briefly before introducing the Vice President. Vice President Pence mostly spoke about the accomplishments of the Trump administration. He asked the audience to vote, pray for our country and the coming elections, and tell friends and neighbors about Brian Kemp. At the end, Pence and Kemp shook hands of people in the front rows before leaving in the presidential motorcade.
UPDATE: JULY 24
Brian Kemp won the runoff election against Casey Cagle 69 to 31%. Many polls were expected Kemp to win, but not by this large margin. Usually runoff elections cause both candidates to gain voters. Instead, Cagle’s vote count decreased down by almost 25% (roughly 50,000 voters), while Kemp gained more than 160% (almost 228,000 voters). Brian Kemp will face off against Stacey Abrams in November to see who will become the next governor of Georgia.