It’s the worst-kept secret in Georgia that Abrams is gearing up for a rematch against Kemp in 2022, after narrowly losing to him in 2018 and spending years building a coalition that helped Joe Biden win Georgia and, ultimately, the presidency. Meanwhile, Kemp’s survival is on the line, and the GOP here is splintering ahead of must-win runoffs for Republican incumbents Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue.
Brian Kemp and Stacey Abrams aren’t on the ballot for Tuesday’s crucial Senate runoffs, but their political futures are at stake, along with the Senate majority and the direction of the country for the next two years.
The Senate runoffs are shaping up as the first salvo in a Kemp-Abrams rematch — a test of whether Abrams’ yearslong mobilization efforts can solidify Georgia’s status as a purple or even blue state, or if Biden’s victory over President Donald Trump was an aberration in a state that still leans toward the GOP.
“Think about how far we’ve come in the South: the most competitive battleground state in the country. Two runoff elections that will determine control of the United States Senate. Think about how far we’ve come,” said Jon Ossoff, who alongside Raphael Warnock is trying to propel Democrats to yet another statewide victory and, in turn, clinch the party’s control of the Senate. Continue Reading Story