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Obama endorses fellow Democrat Stacey Abrams for governor
Kemp campaign calls announcement 'no surprise,' saying 'Georgians twice rejected Barack Obama’s failed policies'
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Georgia Democratic gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams speaks to a crowd at a meet and greet event Saturday, March 24, 2018, at Taqueria El Mercadito in Gainesville. - photo by David Barnes

ATLANTA — The current and most recent residents of the Oval Office now each have weighed in with endorsements in Georgia’s governor’s race.

Former President Barack Obama on Wednesday, Aug. 1, endorsed fellow Democrat Stacey Abrams in the race to replace term-limited Republican Gov. Nathan Deal.

President Donald Trump previously weighed into the governor’s race, backing Abrams’ opponent, Republican Brian Kemp. Trump tweeted his “full and total endorsement” of Kemp on July 18 the week before the primary runoff Kemp won over Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle.

Obama made the announcement among several nationwide endorsements. He also endorsed Georgia Democrats Sarah Riggs Amico for lieutenant governor, Matthew Wilson for state House District 80 and Shelly Hutchinson for state House District 107.

The former president praised Abrams in a statement, saying she was “not running a campaign built on division or distraction.” He called the group a “wide and impressive array” of candidates.

Ryan Mahoney, communications director for the Kemp campaign, responded with a press release saying, “It’s no surprise President Obama and every left-wing, radical politician in the country is backing Stacey Abrams for governor. Abrams supports a government takeover of our health care system that puts government bureaucrats between Georgians and their doctor. Now, Abrams admits she wants to grow government and raise taxes — even though she refuses to pay her own.

"Georgians twice rejected Barack Obama’s failed policies and this November they will reject his radical, hand-picked candidate for governor, Stacey Abrams.”

From Associated Press reports, campaign news release

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