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Republican Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp suggested he would accept former President Trump’s endorsement, suggesting Trump is considering supporting his GOP foe heading into the midterms.
Appearing on “The Guy Benson Show,” Kemp was asked if he welcomed the former president’s support.
“Look, I want everybody’s approval for this Nov. 8 election,” Kemp said Monday. “That’s what I said after the primary. It’s time for all Republicans to unite and really all Georgians to unite against Stacey Abrams, who scares a lot of people.”
Kemp continued, “She’s George Soros and California donors and New York donors trying to have their way with our state—what I’m seeing across the state is Republicans uniting but also people in the middle are worried about how extreme Stacey Abrams is and where she’s taking our state and what your zip code or your neighborhood is. Regardless, I want to get Georgia moving in the direction of the best opportunity, and we’re working hard to do that.”
Trump won’t rule out endorsing Brian Kemp in the Georgia governor’s race
in front of him CPAC speech in DallasFox News Digital asked Trump if he would support Kemp in his re-election bid against his Democratic opponent, Stacey Abrams.
“Well, we look at everything,” Trump told Fox News Digital on Saturday.
Trump lashed out at Kemp for certifying President Biden’s victory in the Peach State after the 2020 presidential election, as he repeatedly accused voter fraud of causing his defeat.
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Kemp previously defeated Trump-backer David Perdue, winning 73.7% of the vote in a heated GOP primary in May.
The incumbent will compete in a highly anticipated rematch against Stacey Abrams, who has never formally conceded defeat in 2018.
A number of Trump-endorsed candidates have gained competitive advantage GOP gubernatorial primaries Across the country, including Curry Lake in Arizona, Tudor Dixon in Michigan and Dan Cox in Maryland.
Trump’s influence on the Republican Party remains strong. A CPAC straw poll showed 69% support for Trump among participants in a hypothetical GOP primary in 2024.
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Florida Governor Ron DeSantisHe is seeking re-election in November and finished second with 24%. Texas Sen. Ted Cruz won the support of 2% of CPAC goers. All other potential candidates scored 1% or less.
In a hypothetical primary without the former president, DeSantis topped the straw poll with 65%. Trump’s son Donald Trump Jr. is second with 8% support, followed by Cruz with 6% and former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo with 5%. No one else scored 2% on the second ballot question.
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The former president’s strong performance on an unscientific poll is not surprising. CPAC, the largest and most influential gathering of conservative leaders and activists, has turned into Trumpfest since the 2016 presidential election victory.
Trump has repeatedly hinted at another bid for the White House in 2024, which faces uncertainty after the FBI raided his Mar-a-Lago home on Monday, raising the possibility that President Biden will be prosecuted by the DOJ.
Fox News’ Nicholas Lamham, Brian Flood, Harris Alick and Paul Steinhauser contributed reporting.