Brian Kemp Celebrates Runoff Win in Athens
Georgia voters have chosen Brian Kemp as the republican challenger to face Stacey Abrams in November’s race for governor. An endorsement from President Donald Trump and a visit from VP Mike Pence helped Kemp take the victory.
Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp Kemp managed to defeat former front-runner Lt. Governor Casey Cagle despite being down 14 points in the May primary.
“The Lt. Governor, look, we’ve been friends for a long time,” Kemp said. “We’ve served together, he’s a good man, I thank him for his service. He wholeheartedly said that he would be with us, to help unite the party. This battle’s behind us. We remain friends and I was going to shake his hand and give him a hug when I see him.”
He says his next step is bringing republicans together.
“That’s my job to do that,” Kemp said. “I got to get the party unified, there’ll be a lot of people working on that. The party’s ready to do that. but we also just got to keep working hard. We got to get out there and earn the voters’ support.”
Kemp also says he’d welcome a visit from President Trump.
“I’ll let the president decides what he wants to do, but we’d love to have the president come and campaign. You saw how electric the event with the Vice President the other day. Very grateful for their strong support.”
Kemp will take on Democrat Stacey Abrams in November. She is hoping to become the nation’s first African American female governor.