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13:51, 24 July 2018

Georgia governor primary leaves Casey Cagle, Brian Kemp vying for GOP nomination

Georgia governor major leaves Casey Cagle, Brian Kemp vying for GOP nomination

Republican Georgia gubernatorial candidates Casey Cagle and Brian Kemp are heading to a July runoff election.

Whilst Cagle, the state&rsquos lieutenant governor, and Kemp, Georgia&rsquos secretary of state, emerged at the best of a somewhat crowded GOP field of candidates, neither won far more than 50 percent of the vote to avoid a July 24 runoff.

The Republican primary was filled with candidates who boasted about getting challenging on illegal immigration and vowed to shield gun rights. Cagle and Kemp beat out former state Sen. Hunter Hill, state Sen. Michael Williams and businessman Clay Tippins.

Whoever wins the runoff will face Democrat Stacey Abrams in the fall. Abrams is seeking to grow to be the first black female governor in the U.S.

Here&rsquos a appear at the two candidates ahead of Tuesday’s election.

Casey Cagle

Republican candidate for Georgia Gov. Casey Cagle speaks to his supporters as he enters a runoff with Brian Kemp during an election-night watch party in Gainesville, Ga., Tuesday, May 22, 2018. (AP Photo/Todd Kirkland)

Casey Cagle is the very first Republican lieutenant governor of Georgia.

&nbsp(AP Photo/Todd Kirkland)

Casey Cagle has currently produced history in the state. In 2006, he became the 1st ever Republican elected to serve as Georgia&rsquos lieutenant governor prior to that, he was the youngest state senator, elected in 1994 at 28 years old.

&ldquoIt&rsquos fantastic to come in very first spot. We&rsquove got a lot much more to be completed,&rdquo Cagle told supporters. &ldquoWe are appropriate where we need to be in terms of this runoff.&rdquo

Cagle bills himself as a &ldquoconservative leader for Georgia&rdquo on his campaign internet site.

Cagle, 52, took on Delta earlier this year when the Atlanta-primarily based airline stated it would reduce ties with the National Rifle Association (NRA) in an try to establish a &ldquoneutral status in the present national debate over handle amid current school shootings.&rdquo In response, Cagle threatened to block any tax legislation that would advantage the airline unless it reversed course.

The NRA has given that endorsed Cagle in the major race.

As lieutenant governor, Cagle has also taken on sanctuary cities. Just before the main election, he filed a complaint accusing the city of Decatur of becoming a so-named sanctuary city. Sanctuary cities are banned in Georgia, and nearby governments should certify that they comply with federal immigration agents in order to get state funding, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.


Decatur Mayor Patti Garrett has mentioned her town — just east of Atlanta — is &ldquonot a sanctuary city and has no intentions of becoming a single.&rdquo

&ldquoI believe that Washington must look to Georgia for examples of conservative leadership,&rdquo Cagle told Atlanta Magazine. &ldquoIn Georgia, we&rsquove outlawed and defunded sanctuary cities, we balance our spending budget every single single year and we&rsquove combated entitlement abuse head-on with work needs all although becoming the No. 1 state for business.&rdquo

Cagle was raised by a single mother and played football at Georgia Southern University, according to his biography. At 20 years old, he began a tuxedo company. He would later discovered Southern Heritage Bank.

Current Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal, a Republican, endorsed Cagle on July 16, calling him &quotthe best 1 to continue&quot his legacy.

Brian Kemp

Georgia Republican gubernatorial candidate Brian Kemp participates in a debate Sunday, May 20, 2018, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Amis)

Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp calls himself a “politically incorrect conservative.”

&nbsp(AP Photo/John Amis)

In his race for governor, Brian Kemp — who has been Georgia&rsquos secretary of state given that 2010 — calls himself a &ldquopolitically incorrect conservative.&rdquo

Kemp, 55, has raised eyebrows with his campaign ads, including a single in which he points a shotgun at a young man who supposedly wants to date his daughter. In another ad, he vowed to &ldquoround up criminal illegals&rdquo with his own truck.

As governor, Kemp mentioned he would &ldquotrack and deport all criminal illegal aliens&rdquo in another campaign spot.


President Trump endorsed Kemp ahead of the principal, saying he is &quottough on crime, sturdy on the border and illegal immigration.&quot&nbsp

&quotHe loves our Military and our Vets and protects our Second Amendment,&quot Trump said in a tweet. &quotI give him my full and total endorsement.&quot

Aside from getting Georgia&rsquos secretary of state, Kemp is &ldquoa small company owner with firms in agribusiness, economic services, genuine estate management and investment,&rdquo according to his campaign website.


As secretary of state, Kemp has pushed for the implementation of several &ldquoe-government&rdquo initiatives, like an on-line voter registration method, according to his biography. Prior to becoming secretary of state, Kemp served as a state senator.

As the major final results came in, Kemp thanked supporters &ldquofor assisting us punch our ticket to the runoff.&rdquo

Kemp and his wife have 3 kids.

The Related Press contributed to this report.

Kaitlyn Schallhorn is a Reporter for Fox News. Comply with her on Twitter:&[email protected]_Schallhorn.

Published at Tue, 24 Jul 2018 12:30:00 +0000

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