Trump, Kemp, and Kemp’s Re-election

The Story:

Brian Kemp, the Republican Governor of Georgia, will be up for reelection next year. Although he has not made any formal announcement at this time, it seems clear that he will be running for a second term. But he is likely to have a primary opponent within his party, because he has not managed to patch up his tricky relationship with former President Donald Trump (R).


The state of Georgia voted for Joseph Biden over Donald Trump for President. The Governor, and the Secretary of State, Brad Raffensperger, certified that vote and stood by their certification despite criticisms from the Trump camp. In an interview with Fox News after the election, President Trump said that there was rampant fraud in Georgia, that Kemp was “doing absolutely nothing” about it, and that he, the President, was “ashamed” of having supported Kemp during the 2018 gubernatorial campaign. The following month, Trump called on Kemp to resign his office.

The Thing to Know:

Vernon Jones  (R) has already thrown his hat into the ring. On April 16, Jones, an African-American Trump supporter, said: “The Governor’s office has failed to fight for you and me….I’m officially announcing my candidacy for governor of the great state of Georgia.”

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