In the meantime, Abrams supplied her congratulations to the governor, citing the resilience and endurance of on a regular basis Georgians within the face of a number of “soul-crushing crises” as the rationale she campaigned for workplace a second time.
Abrams stated her marketing campaign was about preventing for high quality public schooling, a cleaner atmosphere, extra inexpensive pharmaceuticals, and voting rights, “as a result of voting is a basic proper, not a privilege for the rich few.”
Kemp’s win is a significant disappointment for Democrats, who had hoped, regardless of Abrams’ slender 2018 loss, that victories for Joe Biden and two Democratic senators in Georgia two years in the past meant that the GOP’s maintain on the state had completely loosened. Abrams’ defeat additionally comes amid her reported struggles with Black male voters.
Kemp proved to be formidable.
Regardless of rejecting former President Donald Trump’s makes an attempt to overturn the state’s 2020 election outcomes, Kemp didn’t lose Republican assist and simply defeated Trump-backed former Sen. David Perdue within the GOP major.
Through the marketing campaign, Kemp steadily touted that he was the primary governor to permit companies to reopen during the Covid-19 pandemic, painted Abrams as working for “liberal elites” and warned of tax hikes if she secured the governor spot.
Kemp put a powerful emphasis on violent crime and his endorsements from law enforcement throughout the state. Through the first gubernatorial debate final month, Kemp accused Abrams of eager to “defund the police,” a rallying cry amongst some protesters after the 2020 killing of George Floyd in Minnesota.
Abrams responded to these accusations throughout the debate, and in campaign ads that featured retired law enforcement officers who supported her election efforts.
In the identical gubernatorial debate, she additionally pointed to Kemp’s observe document of easing gun legal guidelines, saying that Georgians “stay in a state of worry” and “have a governor who has weakened gun legal guidelines on this state, flooded our streets with weapons by letting harmful folks get entry to those weapons.”
She additionally hammered him on abortion rights.
Two weeks after Georgia’s six-week abortion ban took impact — a 2019 regulation placed on pause by the courts till the Supreme Courtroom’s choice to overturn Roe v. Wade — Abrams tweeted out an ad calling out Kemp’s views on abortion. “The one option to cease this assault on ladies is to cease Brian Kemp,” she stated within the tweet.