GOP Gov. Brian Kemp of Georgia urged Republicans to remain engaged as he formally launched his 2022 reelection campaign.
“We need everyone engaged, because we know the Democrats are united,” Kemp told a crowd of supporters Saturday at his campaign kickoff at the Georgia National Fairgrounds in Perry, a solidly conservative part of the Peach State.
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Georgia was long a reliably red state. But now-President Biden narrowly edged then-President Trump in Georgia in November, becoming the first Democrat to win the state in a presidential election in more than a quarter-century. And two months later, the Democrats swept the state’s twin Senate runoff contests, giving them the majority in the chamber.
Republican Gov. Brian Kemp of Georgia formally launches his 2022 reelection campaign at a kick off event in Perry, Georgia, on July 10, 2021
Kemp, working to shore up his base, closed his speech by arguing that the Democrats have overplayed their hand in Georgia. “Make no mistake. They’re going to continue to cancel conservatives across the country,” he said. “They are trying to go after anyone in the country that doesn’t share their values.”
In 2018, with the support of Trump, Kemp narrowly defeated Democratic voting rights champion and former state legislative leader Stacey Abrams to win the governorship. While she hasn’t announced her intentions, it’s very likely Abrams will run
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