ATLANTA - President Donald Trump has endorsed Secretary of State Brian Kemp for the Republican nomination in Georgia's governor's race.
On Twitter, President Trump said that he gives Kemp his "full and total endorsement."
"Brian Kemp is running for Governor of the great state of Georgia," the president said in the tweet. "The Primary is on Tuesday. Brian is tough on crime, strong on the border and illegal immigration. He loves our Military and our Vets and protects our Second Amendment."
Responding to the president's endorsement, Kemp tweeted:
"I’m incredibly grateful to have President Trump's full & total endorsement. As governor, I will unapologetically stand with the President to secure our border, deport criminal aliens, crush street gangs, and ensure a bright and promising future for our families. #gapol #maga"
Cagle wrote that he's not taking it personally. In a tweet he stated:
"No hard feelings, @realDonaldTrump. I look forward to receiving your endorsement against the Democrats in November as I did for you (wish @BrianKempGA could say he did the same)."
Trump's endorsement of Kemp comes two days after Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal endorsed his opponent, Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle.
Kemp has also been endorsed by former candidate Hunter Hill, who finished fourth in the May Republican primary, and former candidate and Navy SEAL Clay Tippins, who finished fourth.
The winner of next Tuesday's runoff will face off against Democrat Stacey Abrams in November.