Georgia, a state that has been in the spotlight for numerous reasons over the past several years, is facing an upcoming battle of the titans in the political realm, specifically regarding the race for the governor’s mansion.
Democratic candidate and former gubernatorial race loser Stacey Abrams, a force within her party, is eyeing up the prize. She’s set to face off with incumbent Gov. Brian Kemp (R), but recent polls just slapped the Abrams camp across its proverbial face.
According to the Washington Examiner, the political handicapper known as Cook Political Report gave Kemp a massive boost on Friday.
The race was previously described as a “toss-up” between the two candidates, but on Friday, it was changed to “lean Republican.”
Cook Political Report moves the Georgia governor’s race into “Lean Republican” status. Abrams viewed as the underdog against Gov. Kemp in the rematch.https://t.co/HFaKzLwtti
— Josh Kraushaar (@JoshKraushaar) July 22, 2022
Kemp defied the odds earlier this year during his state’s primary election, soundly defeating Trump-backed opponent David Perdue for the right to reclaim gubernatorial victory later this year. Perdue is one of but a handful — or less — of Trump-endorsed opponents who’ve lost their primary election this cycle.
The current governor is also making inroads with minority groups in the state at levels that previously Republicans couldn’t reach.
“Abrams leads overall with Hispanics and Asians but even the fact that the governor is close to 40% with those voter groups is encouraging,” Cygnal pollster Brent Buchanan said. “Wait until he spends money on it. I believe the governor will expand on his margins with minority voters over the next few months.”
Anything could happen, but it’s not looking good for Abrams, and politically speaking, if she takes another loss for the same race, her career could be permanently tarnished.