Governor’s race revives a familiar feud between Kemp, Abrams

Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp’s struggles over election security have rekindled a rivalry with one of the state’s most prominent Democrats. Except now his feud with Stacey Abrams is playing out against the backdrop of the race for governor.

Kemp, the state’s top elections official, and Abrams, a state legislator who launched a voter registration group, are the only two in a broader field of candidates putting election security and voting rights at the heart of their campaigns to succeed a term-limited Gov. Nathan Deal.

And they each have eagerly used the other as a foil, drawing on their long-running antagonism as fundraising fodder on the campaign trail. Kemp’s decision last week to cut ties with an elections center at Kennesaw State University after a series of embarrassing security lapses has only heightened the tension.

Abrams has pummeled Kemp over his decision to share publicly available data with a commission appointed by President Donald Trump to investigate voter fraud. At campaign appearances, the Democrat earns cascades of applause for claiming that “voter suppression is a way of life” for Kemp.

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