Top Georgia Democrat snubs Stacey Abrams and endorses Republican Brian Kemp

A top Georgia Democrat has chosen to shun his party’s gubernatorial nominee Stacey Abrams and instead support incumbent Republican governor Brian Kemp and Republican nominee for lieutenant governor Burt Jones.

Kwanza Hall, the former Democratic nominee for lieutenant governor who lost in a runoff to current Democratic lieutenant gubernatorial nominee Charlie Bailey, made his announcement on Friday, citing Kemp’s ability to make “difficult decisions” in “unprecedented circumstances” and the plans Jones to reduce crime and improve the public education system.

“While we do not agree on every point, it is very clear that Brian Kemp is a man of character, a strong leader and someone whom Georgians can trust to put them and their interests first,” Hall said in a statement.

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Former Democratic Republic of Georgia Congressman Kwanza Hall endorsed Republican Brian Kemp for re-election over fellow Democrat Stacey Abrams.

Former Democratic Republic of Georgia Congressman Kwanza Hall endorsed Republican Brian Kemp for re-election over fellow Democrat Stacey Abrams.
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Hall is also a former member of the Atlanta City Council and briefly served as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives for Georgia’s 5th congressional district following the death of former Democratic Rep. John Lewis, who was representing the seat.

Recent polls have shown that both Kemp and Jones have an edge over their opponents in their respective races.

Fox News Digital reached out to the Kemp and Abrams campaigns for comment, but only heard from the former, who shared a statement it released Friday morning after the confirmation.

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“I appreciate Congressman Hall’s support of this campaign,” Kemp said in the statement. “Kwanza has served our capital city and our state vigorously for many years, and I look forward to working with him and other hard-working Georgians to set aside political differences and future-proof our state as the best place to live, work and… raising a family four years.”

Democratic Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams and incumbent Republican governor Brian Kemp clashed in a debate hosted by the Atlanta Press Club on October 17, 2022.

Democratic Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams and incumbent Republican governor Brian Kemp clashed in a debate hosted by the Atlanta Press Club on October 17, 2022.
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Fox News’ Power Ranking categorized the race between Abrams and Kemp as a “lean Republican.”

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The election for both races will take place on Tuesday.

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