In her race to defeat incumbent Governor Brian Kemp, Democratic candidate Stacey Abrams is betting on a bet that abortion rights and gun regulations will motivate voters to send her to the Georgia governor’s mansion.
Driving the news: Just last week, the cancellation of Atlanta’s Music Midtown festival and an abortion-rights election victory in Kansas with high Democratic turnout (which Abrams hopes to replicate) galvanized her on the two questions.
Why is this important: This year, Abrams faces political headwinds related to inflation and President Biden’s low approval ratings.
- But his campaign backs up their argument that Kemp is out of step with the majority of Georgians who support the right to abortion and that doesn’t endorse his decision to relax gun laws.
State of play: Abrams just came out another attack announcement targeting Kemp on his abortion stance. He joins two others in his multimillion-dollar statewide ad buying rotation, which has so far only focused on gun control and right to abortion.
Enlarge: In a thursday memo Abrams’ campaign manager Lauren Groh-Wargo argued the Kansas results bode well for Democrats in Georgia. She pointed to a surge in Kansas Democratic turnout in an otherwise sleepy primary, as well as about 17% of Republican voters there who voted for abortion access.
- “Georgia is definitely more democratic and progressive than Kansas,” she wrote.
The other side: Kemp’s campaign spokesman Tate Mitchell said in a statement that while Abrams is campaigning on a platform “that will only divide Georgians and hit their wallets, Governor Kemp will remain focused on helping to Georgians to fight 40-year high inflation and the recession caused by the Biden-Abrams Program.”
Yes and: Abrams also looked into gun regulations after learning that an issue involving event organizers and Georgia’s gun laws forced the cancellation of Music Midtown.
The big picture: Abrams insisted that these two social problems are also economic problems. After Music Midtown Abrams News introduced him as: Kemp “cares more about protecting dangerous people carrying guns in public than about saving jobs and keeping business in Georgia.”
- California Governor Gavin Newsom Free to extend tax credits to film and television productions that “get into the Golden State” to evade states like Georgia’s anti-abortion policies.