Brian Kemp on the Issues: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

Brian Kemp on the Issues: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

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Brian Kemp speaks to supporters after winning the Republican nomination for governor. Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp is running to be the state’s next governor on a deeply conservative platform that stands in stark contrast with that of his Democratic opponent, former state House Democratic leader Stacey Abrams . Despite running in a state that has not elected a Democrat in a statewide election since conservative Democratic Sen. Zell Miller in 2000 , polls show that Kemp is running neck-and-neck with Abrams ahead of Tuesday’s vote. Kemp, a 55-year-old real estate developer and investor, served in the Georgia state Senate for six years before being appointed as secretary of state in 2010. He was reelected in 2014 by a 15-point margin. Kemp finished second behind Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle in the Republican gubernatorial primary, which went to a runoff because no candidate received the necessary 50 percent of the vote to clinch the nomination. Though the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports Cagle ran on a campaign embracing President Donald Trump and was expected to be the nominee, Kemp ultimately received Trump’s endorsement in the race, which helped him to an upset win. Kemp is overseeing his own gubernatorial race as Georgia’s secretary of state and has drawn accusations of voter suppression from voting rights groups. The ACLU and other groups sued after Kemp blocked 53,000 voter registrations — 70 percent of which came from African-Americans — because the information did not exactly match their government records. An independent study also […]

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