‘That’s Why I’m Running’: Kemp Says Growing Up in Athens Led Him to Race for Governor

For Republican gubernatorial nominee Brian Kemp, the opportunities he was given as a child in Athens have set the tone for what he wants for the rest of Georgia.

“So this whole area, like many areas around our state, is just an awesome place. For me to grow up…the opportunities that I’ve had… you know that’s why I’m running,” Kemp said.

Brian Kemp speaks at President Donald Trump’s rally in Macon Sunday

He’s spent weeks campaigning around the state with other Republican candidates and office holders, hoping to continue the leadership Republican party members like Attorney General Chris Carr believe to be so vital.

“For the past 16 years, we have had unprecedented growth in this state. Why is that? Good, solid, conservative, republican leadership,” Carr said.

On Nov. 4, President Trump’s last-minute visit to Macon, Georgia gave Kemp’s campaign a jolt of energy.

“You wanna see Georgia’s property end quickly? Vote for the Democrat,” Trump said.

To win the election, the Kemp campaign is relying on votes from men, people over 60, white voters, rural voters and voters without college degrees, according to a poll from NBC News and Marist College.

Erin Valle is a senior majoring in journalism.

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