Fox News segment on Georgia gubernatorial race erases GOP candidate's voter suppression efforts
GOP candidate and current Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp has recently been accused of suppressing minority votes
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From the October 30 edition of Fox News' America's Newsroom:
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BILL HEMMER (CO-ANCHOR): Tight race for governor in Georgia, watch this one. Brian Kemp's the Republican facing off against Stacey Abrams, pitch battle. A lot of attention. Real Clear average now shows Kemp less than two points ahead. Jonathan Serrie live in Atlanta. Why is this one so close? Jonathan, good morning.
JONATHAN SERRIE (FOX NEWS CONTRIBUTOR): Hi Bill, in part- yeah, good morning to you. In part it's changing demographics. Georgia's strong economy is drawing people from all different parts of the country. People coming in with different political views, different values. Although Georgia is still a solidly red state, Democrats see an opportunity to turn it blue and they've been investing heavily in Stacey Abrams, something her opponent Brian Kemp is trying to use against her.
BRIAN KEMP (GOP GUBERNATORIAL CANDIDATE): Stacey Abrams has raised tens of millions of dollars from all over the country with the progressive liberal socialist movement of the Democratic party pouring money into this race to try to buy this election.
STACEY ABRAMS (DEMOCRAT GUBERNATORIAL CANDIDATE): This is a locally grounded campaign that's drawn national attention, and I am proud of the fact I have more individual donors from the state of Georgia than my opponent does by a factor of at least five.
SERRIE: Early voting has been heavy, and it's been heavy across the board in districts that support Democrats as well as districts that favor Republicans. And in a tight race it's possible libertarian Ted Metz, who only has single digits in the polls, could prevent any candidate from surpassing the 50 percent threshold needed to avoid a runoff. And Bill, that would extend this bitter campaign into early December.
HEMMER: Wow, that'd be interesting. What are they doing on each side, the candidates, ahead of next week -- or over the next week?
SERRIE: Yeah, as far as the major candidates, they really are trying to shore up their bases. President Trump plans to make the case for Brian Kemp at a rally in Macon on Sunday. Take a listen.
JOSHUA KENNEDY (GEORGIA SOUTHERN UNIVERSITY PROFESSOR): Brian Kemp needs to appeal to rural voters. That's his base, that is the base that supported and still supports President Trump. For Stacy Abrams she's focusing heavily on younger voters and on minority voters. And it's a smart strategy because those voting blocks tend to be more sympathetic to Democrats, but they turn out at lower rates.
SERRIE: And later this week former President Obama will be here in Atlanta stumping for Stacey Abrams.