Things aren’t looking good for Georgia Democratic gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams, both based on polls and the support (or lack thereof) of a top player in her party.
According to Fox News, just days before the 2022 midterm election, Abrams was hit with a massive November surprise that could undermine her already troubled campaign. Influential Georgia Democrat and former lieutenant governor candidate Kwanza Hall fired the proverbial shot at Abrams’ campaign when he shocked incumbent Republican governor Brian Kemp and snubbed Abrams.
Hall’s crushing — at least for the Abrams campaign — endorsement of Kemp was issued in a statement Friday. He didn’t hold back on giving his reasons for the endorsement, saying he believes Kemp is the person capable of making “tough decisions” in “unprecedented circumstances.”
“Over the past four years, I have watched Governor Kemp make difficult decisions under unprecedented circumstances — ones that were not always popular at the time,” Hall’s statement read, according to WAGA-TV.
It added: “While we do not agree on every point, it is abundantly clear that Brian Kemp is a man of character, a strong leader and someone whom Georgians can trust to put them and their interests first.” sets,” Hall said in his statement.
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Hall’s experience includes serving on the Atlanta City Council, his run for lieutenant governor, and a month’s stint in Congress, where he occupied the state’s 5th Circuit seat to complete a term for the late Democratic Rep. John Lewis.
His support for Kemp, which is likely to have a profound impact on Abrams’ campaign as Election Day approaches, came when Kemp had already secured a fairly comfortable lead in the race.
According to every single poll tracked and aggregated by FiveThirtyEight, Kemp leads them all, ranging from a two-point lead to a staggering 14-point lead in a Remington Research poll on Tuesday.
That’s particularly impressive considering that Kemp is among a very small group of Republican candidates who’ve managed to do fairly well without golden endorsement from former President Donald Trump. The two men had a rather nasty public row over the results of the 2020 election.
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A recent Monmouth University poll gave Kemp a whopping 11-point lead. Patrick Murray, director of Monmouth University’s Independent Polling Institute, offered his thoughts on what he thinks is happening in the Peach State as the election approaches.
“Kemp’s support has definitely firmed over the past month while Abrams has been on hold,” Murray said.
Murray added: “I said last month that some election conspirators might hold a grudge against Kemp for not stepping in to overturn the 2020 result, but in the end they would probably come home. That appears to be the case, with the added bonus that Kemp’s distancing from Trump is a plus for some independent voters.”
Social media reaction to Hall’s surprise endorsement of Kemp prompted a violent, mixed reaction. Not surprisingly, the Georgia Democrats were extremely unhappy with the announcement, which couldn’t have come at a worse time.
Black men in Georgia are embarrassing right now. Not that Kwanza Hall was ever anything but awkward. The absolute weakest link. Just disgusting.
— Khadijah A. Robinson (@dijadontneedya) November 5, 2022
“I hope Kwanza Hall never gets a vote from black Georgians again. He’s so petty that he prefers his personal vendetta against Abrams to the future of Georgia. What a disgusting disappointment! Kwanza Hall supports Brian Kemp. All skinfolks aren’t kinfolks!” another Twitter user wrote.
In contrast, Hall’s Kemp endorsement came as a pleasant surprise to other Georgia politicians, including Vernon Jones, a longtime member of the Georgia House of Representatives.
It’s just the beginning of Black Democrats telling the Democratic Party to kiss me! Enough of destroying the core of the black family, failing schools, putting illegals ahead of black Americans, inflation and high crime in black neighborhoods. #KwanzaHall!
— Vernon Jones (@VernonForGA) November 4, 2022
With Hall’s approval, combined with a safe lead in the 11th-hour polls, it looks like Kemp, who narrowly defeated Abrams in 2018, will make her a two-time governor’s loser and perhaps the last nail in the coffin of her politician’s career .
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