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Frontrunner Kemp stands behind his record in testy debate

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Governor Brian Kemp defended his record against attacks from 4 GOP rivals at a debate on Sunday.

Governor Brian Kemp defended his record in office so far against Republican primary challengers in a debate hosted by the Atlanta Press Club on Sunday.

Kemp said that, since being elected, he's promised things like lifting up rural Georgia and so far he's delivered.

"Last fiscal year, we had a record year for economic development where 74% of the 379 projects that total $11 billion went outside the ten metro counties, furthering my commitment to strengthen rural Georgia. Not to mention rural broadband that we have done," Kemp said.

The incumbent Republican governor faces several opponents, including Trump-backed former Senator David Perdue -- who along with other challengers falsely believes the 2020 election was stolen.

Kemp is ahead in polling and fundraising, and for now appears likely to win the nomination without going to a runoff.

He would then face Stacey Abrams in November in a rematch of the 2018 election.

In another debate, the myriad candidates running for the Republican nomination in Georgia's 10th Congressional District tangled over the issues. The Athens-centered district has been held by Republican Jody Hice, who is running for Secretary of State.

Term limits were a big topic of discussion in the congressional primary debate Sunday.

Candidate Marc McMain said elected officials should be able to accomplish their goals in six to eight years before passing the baton to someone new.

"I think career politicians are destroying our country." McMain said. "Nowhere did the founding fathers ever imagine that people were going to go to Washington, D.C. and make a career out of the House of Representatives. And that's what's happening."

The two frontrunners in the race are Mike Collins, a trucking company executive, and Vernon Jones, the former Democratic lawmaker and C-E-O of DeKalb County, who has Donald Trump's endorsement in the race. A runoff, scheduled for June, is likely.

Stephen Fowler is the Producer/Back-Up Host for All Things Considered and a creative storyteller hailing from McDonough, Georgia. He graduated from Emory University with a degree in Interdisciplinary Studies. The program combined the best parts of journalism, marketing, digital media and music into a thesis on the rise of the internet rapper via the intersectionality of social media and hip-hop. He served as the first-ever Executive Digital Editor of The Emory Wheel, where he helped lead the paper into a modern digital era.