Georgia’s Secretary of State Brian Kemp, who was endorsed by President Donald Trump on July 18, defeated his opponent Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle on Tuesday, securing his candidacy for governor in a primary runoff election.
Kemp was just one of several other Republican nominees up for election in November who secured his party’s nomination after rallying the support of the president, proving Trump’s influence over the outcome of 2018’s primaries. Kemp won the nomination with 69.4 percent of the vote, beating Cagle, who got 30.6 percent of the vote, The New York Times reported Tuesday. Kemp raked in 294,763 votes to Cagle’s 129,861 votes. (RELATED: Georgia Gubernatorial Candidate Reportedly Got A Discounted Condo From A Lobbyist)
In the race for governor, the Trump favorite, who campaigned on hard-line immigration and pro-gun policies, will be up against Stacey Abrams come November, potentially the first black female governor in the United States, according to The Washington Post.
Cagle, who was endorsed by outgoing Republican Gov. Nathan Deal, conceded the race to Kemp just 90 minutes after polls closed, saying “I committed to him my full, undivided support,” according to WaPo.
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