- At a GOP rally in Cobb County, suburban Atlanta, there was broad support for Gov. Brian Kemp.
- Many of those same voters said they want to see Donald Trump in the White House again.
- Trump has long criticized the governor for not helping him overturn Biden’s 2020 victory in Georgia.
KENNESAW, Ga. — Republican Gov. Brian Kemp celebrated what he said were enduring achievements of his administration on Monday by defending re-election against his opponent, Democratic gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams, with just one day left before the election.
At a rally in Cobb County, a key suburban Atlanta town where Republicans have seen their political advantage falter in recent years amid a growing Democratic-leaning electorate, Kemp ran through a long list of conservative priorities he had pursued while he was in office, from tax cuts to opposing some of the most draconian coronavirus policies enacted by other states.
Kemp became a national figure after his first gubernatorial race against Abrams in 2018 and once again after he refused to consider then-President Donald Trump’s pleas to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election. Trump’s anger over the Georgia results to overwhelm his opponent in the gubernatorial primary, the former senator. David Perdue, last May.
But while Trump, who backed Perdue’s main challenge effort, was stymied by Kemp in 2020, several voters at the governor’s rally were proud to support his term, while voicing support for the former president should he decide run in 2024. which seems to be an increasingly likely prospect.
Rally attendee John Morjera told Insider that Kemp paid attention to public safety and inflation in a way that was broadly appealing, adding that the governor made “a wise decision” to reopen the economy before many others. state. In addition, he said, Kemp’s temporary suspension of the state gas tax and raising teachers’ pay were big moves.
In Morjera’s view, the governor has already earned another four years in office, but as far as the 2024 presidential campaign was concerned, he was ready for a third Trump presidential campaign.
“President Trump is still my first choice for the next presidential election,” Morjera told Insider. “I am open to other candidates, but he is my first choice.”
Ursula Magy, another attendee, said she wasn’t sure about 2024, as the next election seems so far away at the moment, but she supported Kemp’s conservative policies.
After Kemp spoke at the rally, Donna Wexon told Insider that she liked his anti-abortion stance and believed his policies were “good for the economy.”
But it was also a “yes” when it came to Trump seeking another White House bid.
“I would support Donald Trump for president again. I think he had great policies that helped keep our country productive and we were respected around the world,” he said.