Republicans have launched an outside group focused on defeating Democrats Stacey Abrams who has all but announced she will challenge Georgia Governor Brian Kemp in the next gubernatorial race. The two went head to head in 2018 where Kemp just barely edged out the Democrat. However, after Biden won Georgia last year and both Senate seats were flipped blue the gubernatorial race is sure to be fierce and expensive. The group aptly named “Stop Stacey” is “a national, grassroots organization of engaged conservatives who are committed to protecting our future from Stacey Abrams, her left-wing backers, and their radical, un-American agenda.”
Fox News reports:
Abrams is the former Georgia House Democratic leader who in 2018 made history as the first Black woman gubernatorial nominee of a major political party. She narrowly lost to Kemp by less than 55,000 votes out of nearly 4 million cast.
While acknowledging that she lost the election, Abrams never conceded to Kemp and argued that he used his post as Georgia’s secretary of state to make it harder for people in the state to vote. In the aftermath of her defeat she created the voting rights group Fair Fight, which has become a fundraising juggernaut the past two years and helped register tens of thousands of new voters in the 2020 election cycle.
Abrams’ efforts are credited with helping President Biden last November become the first Democrat in more than a quarter-century to carry the once-solidly red state of Georgia in a White House race. And her efforts were also considered crucial in helping Democrats Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock defeat Republican Sens. David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler in Georgia’s twin Jan. 5 Senate runoff elections, which gave the Democrats the majority in the chamber for the first time in six years.
With Abrams a sure bet to face off with Kemp in what could be one of the most competitive, expensive and fierce gubernatorial races in the country, which would draw tons of national attention, Republicans are gearing up to try and stop her. Among those launching the new committee are GOP operatives who are veterans of Kemp’s 2018 gubernatorial campaign and Loeffler’s unsuccessful 2020 campaign.
Flipping Georgia back to red is essential for Republicans but it may be an uphill battle. Gov. Brian Kemp has faced harsh criticism from Republicans as well as former President Trump which has hurt Kemp’s approval ratings in the state.
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