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Top Georgia Democrat Snubs Abrams, Endorses Republican Brian Kemp

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A top Democrat in Georgia is flipping on his own party just days before the crucial midterm elections.

Kwanza Hall, the former Democratic candidate for lieutenant governor, has snubbed his party’s gubernatorial nominee, Stacey Abrams, and instead throw his support behind incumbent Republican Gov. Brian Kemp.

“While we don’t agree on every issue, it’s abundantly clear that Brian Kemp is a man of character, a strong leader, and someone who Georgians can trust to put them and their interests first,” Hall said, citing Kemp’s ability to make “tough decisions” in “unprecedented circumstances.”

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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 represented the seat,” Fox News reported.

Kemp released a statement following the endorsement.

“I greatly appreciate Congressman Hall’s support in this campaign,” Kemp said in the statement. “Kwanza has ably served our capital city and state for many years, and I look forward to working with him and other hardworking Georgians to put political differences aside and keep our state the best place to live, work, and raise a family for the next four years.”

A new poll out of Georgia shows that Republicans are poised to perform well on election night next Tuesday.

The final Atlanta Journal-Constitution poll shows Republican Senate candidate Herschel Walker edging Democrat Sen. Raphael Warnock. The poll also found that GOP governor Brian Kemp is leading Democrat Stacey Abrams by 7 points.

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The poll also found that President Joe Biden has a 37 percent approval rating in the Peach State, with 57 percent disapproving of his job performance. The polling is crucial given the U.S. Senate race could help decide which party controls the chamber following the November midterm elections.

“No one in Georgia’s history has done more to create jobs, cut taxes, restore sanity to your schools, put criminals behind bars, protect the unborn, and secure all the God-given liberties enshrined in the Constitution of the United States than Gov. Brian Kemp,” former Vice President Mike Pence told a crowd in Georgia.

“We’ve been doing good in this day because we have been saying no to Stacey Abrams,” Kemp said. “We were listening to you, and because we’ve done that, we’ve got an incredible economy. We’ve got the most people ever working in the history of the state, the lowest unemployment rate in the history of the state.”

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Democrats have had a cascade of tough news as it is starting to appear that Republicans are going to win the House and Senate. Georgia Republican Senate candidate Herschel Walker has now taken the lead against Democrat Sen. Raphael Warnock.

In the latest Daily Wire/Trafalgar Group poll, Walker emerged 2.4 points ahead of Warnock among likely voters, 48.9% to 46.5%. A further 4.6% backed libertarian Chase Oliver. That lead remains within the survey’s +/- 2.9% margin of error, meaning the race is still a statistical tie. The governor’s race showed a smoother path to a Republican victory, with incumbent GOP Gov. Brian Kemp holding a 6.9% lead over Democratic challenger Stacey Abrams, 52.2% to 45.3%.

Walker, who has been endorsed by former President Donald Trump, has taken a three-point lead over Democratic incumbent Sen. Raphael Warnock, according to the latest InsiderAdvantage/FOX 5 Atlanta poll.

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Newsmax noted further that in recent weeks, Warnock slipped four points in the poll while Walker has gained two points, a shift of six points in total. “Walker now leads 47% to 44% in one of the key battlegrounds as Republicans seek to flip back a Georgia Senate seat as the midterm battle for the upper-chamber majority heats up in the race’s final two months,” the outlet reported.

Chase Oliver, a Libertarian Party candidate, is having an impact in the race as well, with 4 percent support. Meanwhile, 5 percent of Georgians remain undecided, Newsmax reported, citing the polling results.

“Warnock is winning among younger voters and seniors but trails badly among those 40-64,” InsiderAdvantage Chairman Matt Towery noted in a statement to Fox 5 Atlanta. “Men support Walker at 60%, while women support Warnock at 55%. Walker is receiving 12% support from African American respondents.”

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