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Brian Kemp Hammers Stacey Abrams In Georgia Debate - 'In Georgia, It's Easy To Vote And Hard To Cheat'

October 18, 2022
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In Monday night's debate between Georgia's Republican Governor, Brian Kemp, and his Democratic opposition, Stacey Abrams, Kemp hit Abrams hard targeting her stances on Covid lockdowns, the 2018 election, and being weak on crime.

Abrams began the debate by stating that she conceded the 2018 election to Kemp, despite having spent several months insisting that the election had been rigged. She also referred to Georgia's 2021 voter integrity law as "Jim Crow 2.0" which Kemp countered in the debate by pointing out that Georgia's voter turnout among blacks had steadily increased since passing the law.

In the debate Kemp said, "In 2018, in the governor's race, we had the largest African American turnout in the country. She said that Senate Bill 202, our recent election integrity act that we passed two years ago, would be suppressive and Jim Crow 2.0. Just this past May, in our primaries, we again had record turnout in the Republican primary and the Democrat primary. In Georgia, it's easy to vote and hard to cheat."

Kemp continued his attack on Abrams by calling out her support for defunding police and eliminating cash bail, along with her support for Black Lives Matter and its extremist views.

"I support safety and justice. No sheriffs are endorsing her statewide because of her stances on wanting to defund the police, eliminate cash bail, and serving on the boards of organizations like the Margurite Casey Foundation that support and gives grants to organizations that are promoting the Defund the Police movement," Kemp said of Abrams.

In 2020, Kemp was one of the first governors to remove lockdown restrictions stemming from the Covid-19 pandemic, while Abrams criticized the move stating that there was "no legitimate reason" to lift the restrictions. Abrams accused Kemp of reopening the state for political reasons saying, "There's no legitimate reason for reopening the state except for politics, and I think it's deeply disingenuous he would pretend otherwise."

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Kemp criticized Abrams' lockdown views in the debate and said that he had focused on keeping Georgia's economy open so people could keep their jobs and that he also pushed to get kids back in school as soon as possible after ending the lockdown. He also touted that Georgia had the lowest unemployment rate for African Americans in the country.

It appears likely that Kemp will win against Abrams. With the midterms only weeks away, Republicans are continuing to build momentum according to recent polls and are expected to do well in the elections.

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