ATLANTA - President Donald Trump has tweeted his support for Georgia's Republican gubernatorial candidate, Secretary of State Brian Kemp.
Saturday morning, Trump took to Twitter, saying that Kemp "will be a great governor."
"He has been successful at whatever he has done, and has prepared for this very difficult and complex job for many years. He has my Strong Endorsement," Trump said.
While Trump did not mention Kemp's opponent Stacey Abrams by name, he did say she was "totally unqualified."
"Would destroy a great state!" he tweeted.
Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp will be a great governor. He has been successful at whatever he has done, and has prepared for this very difficult and complex job for many years. He has my Strong Endorsement. His opponent is totally unqualified. Would destroy a great state!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 20, 2018
In a second tweet, the president reiterated his belief that Kemp would be a great governor, and asked that people get out to "early vote" for him.
Get out and Early Vote for Brian Kemp. He will be a GREAT GOVERNOR for the State of Georgia!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 20, 2018
Kemp responded saying he was proud to have the endorsement of both Trump and Vice President Mike Pence.
"To stop my opponent and her socialist backers, we have to turnout and vote in record numbers. Bring a friend and vote Kemp for Governor!" he said.
Proud to have the strong endorsement of @POTUS and @VP as we fight for the future of Georgia! I am ready to lead on Day One and will ensure that our best days are ahead. #gapol #tcot #gagop #gafirst https://t.co/8O3PxDaxbR— Brian Kemp (@BrianKempGA) October 20, 2018
Abrams responded by tweeting "If success is suppressing eligible voters, leaking our Social Security numbers, and pointing a shotgun at a child on TV, I'll pass." She had previously been endorsed by former presidents Barack Obama and Jimmy Carter, former Vice President Joe Biden, and former Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.
If success is suppressing eligible voters, leaking our Social Security numbers, and pointing a shotgun at a child on TV, I'll pass.— Stacey Abrams (@staceyabrams) October 20, 2018
I’ll take Medicaid expansion, excellent public schools, and good-paying jobs. Donate if you agree: https://t.co/DBH2UDaqOK #GAGov #gapol pic.twitter.com/EP5GahmQhZ
This is not the first time Trump has endorsed Kemp. During the runoff election, he voiced his support for the candidate over Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle, saying, "Brian is tough on crime, strong on the border and illegal immigration. He loves our Military and our Vets and protects our Second Amendment."
Analysts have the race to be Georgia's next governor rated a toss-up, putting the election in the national spotlight.
A recent poll puts the candidates within two points of each other, though Kemp is consistently polling ahead of Abrams.