Abrams, Kemp set to meet in Georgia governor's debate



Kemp said under his tenure as secretary of state, minority participation is up 23 percent.

With two weeks left until Election Day, polls show the candidates in a tight race.

"Stacey was involved with a permitted, peaceful protest against the confederate emblem in the flag".

Brian Kemp, the Georgia Republican candidate for governor, expressed alarm that his opponent Stacey Abrams' voter turnout efforts "continues to concern us, especially if everybody uses and exercises their right to vote", according to an audio recording leaked to Rolling Stone.

If Abrams wins, she'd make history as the nation's first black woman governor.

After a fire alarm interrupted the proceedings early on, stalling the hotly anticipated debate for almost three minutes, Kemp and Abrams - with Libertarian candidate Ted Metz on hand for the occasional cameo - jousted over their visions for health care in the state and, as has become a theme in recent weeks, a false claim by Kemp that Abrams is asking undocumented immigrants to vote for her.

Abrams' role in that flag-burning protest resurfaced in The New York Times on Monday, the eve of her first debate against Republican Brian Kemp. Kemp and Georgia Republicans concocted an "exact-match" law where anyone's name on their government-issued IDs must precisely match their names as listed on the voter rolls, and Ted Enamorado of The Washington Post found that as many as 30% of voters in America's 8th largest state could be ineligible to vote under this law (totaling nearly a million people). He has tried to portray Abrams as "too extreme for Georgia". "Voter suppression isn't only about blocking the vote, it's also about creating an atmosphere of fear, making people worry that their vote won't count".

The first question posed to the two-term Georgia secretary of state, asked by a debate moderator Tuesday night in Atlanta, drove at an issue that has drawn national attention to the campaign: accusations today, and from over the past eight years, that Kemp has sought to suppress the minority vote. The whole debate was an ancient argument between those who believe a Deep South state like Georgia needs a government committed to equality and full voting rights for the previously excluded, and those who believe the status quo-or even a leaner, meaner version of the status quo-is just fine.

Absentee ballots also anxious Kemp.

Kemp, who earned President Trump's endorsement, saw visits from Donald Trump Jr., Vice President Mike Pence and U.S. Sen. "It is made up of those who've been told that they are not worthy of being here".

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