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Brian Kemp Trounced His Trump-Backed Challenger. Here's How

Politico does a deep dive on Georgia governor's primary campaign

(Newser) - Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp did more than just fend off a challenger backed by former President Trump in the state's Republican gubernatorial primary on Tuesday—he got more than triple the votes former Sen. David Perdue did, and an extensive piece at Politico looks at how Kemp "crushed...

Trump's Clout Faces Big Test in Georgia Races

It's another primary day

(Newser) - It's another busy primary Tuesday. Georgia takes center stage as Gov. Brian Kemp and Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger try to fight back challengers endorsed by former President Trump, who's seeking revenge for his 2020 election defeat in the state. An assessment at FiveThirtyEight sees that and other...

Pence Won't Rule Out Running in 2024, Even Against Trump
Mike Pence Talks
2024 Plans, Trump

Mike Pence Talks 2024 Plans, Trump

Former VP says he could run for president—even against Trump

(Newser) - Asked by the New York Times in a recent interview whether he'd run for president in 2024 even if former President Trump decides to run, Mike Pence wouldn't rule it out. "We’ll go where we’re called," he said of himself and his wife, with...

Pence Enters Campaign on Wrong Side of Trump

Former vice president to appear in Georgia for Gov. Brian Kemp, while Trump backs David Perdue

(Newser) - Mike Pence is joining other national Republican figures supporting Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp in his reelection campaign. But the name that stands out is a national Republican who opposes Kemp: former President Trump. In another indicator of the break between Trump and his former vice president, Kemp's campaign announced...

Trump Makes First Big Investment in GOP Race

Former president's PAC sends $500K to help David Perdue in Georgia

(Newser) - For the first time, former President Donald Trump’s political operation has invested in a candidate's midterm election campaign. Trump’s Save America PAC sent $500,000 to a super PAC working to defeat Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp, whom the former president has wanted out of office since he...

'Man Who Lost Republicans the US Senate' Wants New Job

Looks like former Sen. David Perdue is running for Georgia governor against Brian Kemp

(Newser) - Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp, who drew former President Trump's wrath for refusing to act on his false allegations of a stolen election, is likely to face a prominent challenger for the 2022 Republican primary for governor: former Sen. David Perdue. Late Sunday, a website and text updates launched for...

Abrams to Run for Governor Again
Abrams Seeks
Rematch in Georgia

Abrams Seeks Rematch in Georgia

Democrat lost close race to Brian Kemp last time

(Newser) - Stacey Abrams, the Georgia Democrat and leading voting rights activist, said Wednesday that she will launch another campaign to become the nation's first Black woman governor. Without serious competition in a Democratic primary, the announcement could set up a rematch between Abrams and Republican Gov. Brian Kemp. Their 2018...

GOP Governors on Mandates: We'll Fight 'to the Gates of Hell'

Republican National Committee also vows to sue over vaccine mandates

(Newser) - Republican leaders had a strong reaction to President Biden's announcement of coronavirus vaccine mandates to affect two-thirds of the US workforce: "See you in court," tweeted South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem, one of several Republican governors threatening to fight back. South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster tweeted "...

Door-Knocking Ga. Lawmaker Gets Some Good News

DA considers case against Park Cannon closed, she won't be prosecuted

(Newser) - Park Cannon, the Black state representative who was arrested as she knocked on Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp's door in an attempt to witness him signing controversial new voting restrictions into law, will not be prosecuted. Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis announced Wednesday she would "close this matter"...

Georgia Faces Growing Backlash Over Voter Law

Coke, Delta, Microsoft all speak out against it

(Newser) - The leaders of Coca Cola and Delta Air Lines, two of Georgia's largest corporations, are speaking out about the state's new voting law , along with the president of Microsoft, which has plans to create a hub in Atlanta. In a Wednesday memo to employees, Delta CEO Ed Bastian...

Cop Who Arrested Lawmaker as She Knocked on Door Explains

Georgia state trooper says he feared an attack similar to the one at the US Capitol

(Newser) - The Georgia State Patrol lieutenant who arrested a Black state lawmaker as she knocked on Gov. Brian Kemp's door in an attempt to witness him signing controversial new voting restrictions into law says he was concerned about an attack at the state capitol similar to what happened January 6...

As Kemp Signed Bill She Knocked on His Door, Got Arrested

Rep. Park Cannon was protesting election legislation

(Newser) - A Black Democratic state lawmaker was arrested in Atlanta as she tried to witness Georgia's governor sign into law new voting restrictions in the state. Per the Atlanta Journal-Constitution , Rep. Park Cannon was at the state Capitol on Thursday, right outside the office where Gov. Brian Kemp was putting...

Governor Quickly Signs New Voting Restrictions

Georgia is first state since election to limit access

(Newser) - With opposition gathering outside his office, Gov. Brian Kemp signed new voting restrictions into law Thursday less than an hour after they passed the General Assembly. Calling the legislation "Jim Crow 2.0," protesters outside the Capitol said voters were being disenfranchised. A Democratic state representative was arrested...

'Double Mutant' COVID Variant Is Found
'Double Mutant'
COVID Variant Is Found

'Double Mutant' COVID Variant Is Found

India analyzes samples, while Brazil sets another death record

(Newser) - There's now a "double mutant" variant of the novel coronavirus spreading in India. The nation's Health Ministry said Wednesday that a double variant—two mutations in the same virus—was detected in the country, along with other variants first discovered in the UK (B.1.1.7),...

Trump May Have Leaned on Georgia Investigator

Legal experts say the call might have violated the law

(Newser) - President Trump told Georgia's lead elections investigator last month that he'd be "a national hero" if he would "find the fraud" in Cobb County's voting results. Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger said that the call was placed Dec. 23 but that he didn't know...

Trump's Call for Kemp to Resign a 'Distraction'

The president continues to claim that he won Georgia

(Newser) - Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp on Wednesday called a tweet by President Trump demanding his resignation a “distraction,” the AP reports, and said he was focused on the state's response to the coronavirus pandemic and upcoming runoff elections for two Senate seats. Trump said earlier in the day...

Trump Calls Georgia's Gov. —and It Spills Onto Twitter

The president wants those election results overturned, source says

(Newser) - President Trump called Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp on Saturday morning with a small request—to have Joe Biden's victory in the state overturned, an insider tells the Washington Post . Trump apparently urged Kemp to assemble the state legislature for a special session to rescind the results and have electors...

Georgia Republicans Worried About Trump's Message
Georgia Republicans Worried
About Trump's Message
the rundown

Georgia Republicans Worried About Trump's Message

They fear his claims of election fraud will depress GOP turnout in Senate runoffs

(Newser) - President Trump's insistence that the election was rigged appears to be having an unintended effect in Georgia: Republicans are voicing concerns that his angry supporters won't turn out to vote in next month's two runoff races for the Senate because they see it as futile. Coverage:
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Georgia Recount Confirms 'the Verdict of the People'

Trump can still request the votes be counted a third time

(Newser) - Georgia certified its presidential election results Friday, after a recount confirmed President-elect Joe Biden's victory Nov. 3 over President Trump. "I believe that the numbers that we have presented today are correct," said Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger. "The numbers reflect the verdict of the people....

Governor Drops Suit Over Atlanta Mask Mandate, But...

...Gov. Brian Kemp is expected to sign an executive order on the subject on Saturday

(Newser) - Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp on Thursday announced that he was withdrawing the suit he filed against Atlanta's mayor and city council in a bid to block it from enforcing a mask mandate—but not because he's admitting defeat. Far from it. In a statement, the Republican said he...

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