President Trump endorses Brian Kemp in Georgia governor's race
ATLANTA - President Donald Trump has tweeted his support for Georgia's Republican gubernatorial candidate, Secretary of State Brian Kemp.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.