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Gov. Brian Kemp of Georgia, a Republican, defeated Democratic rival Stacey Abrams in a second election, keeping the GOP in power in the most competitive political state in the South but also handing another setback to the rising star of the national Democratic party.

After two years of controversy that had threatened to end his reelection campaign, Kemp told supporters in a sometimes belligerent victory address Tuesday night, “Well, it looks like the stories of my political death have been greatly exaggerated.”

In his victory address, Kemp stated that his campaign, which saw him use the authority of his position to give people tax breaks and money while criticizing Abrams for not supporting police forces enough, was a surefire way for Republicans to win Georgia.

Democrats anticipated winning the state because of the rising proportion of non-white voters.

This election shows that Republicans can win now and in the future if they remain committed to practical solutions that prioritize the needs of hard-working people, y’all. said Kemp.

Abrams framed her campaign as a battle to “rescue Georgia,” arguing that the state deserved better, and she touched on important tenets of her program, such as Medicaid expansion and voting rights. While saying that “while we may not write the story today, there will always be another chapter,” she said that she had forced people from all walks of life to consider change. She also pledged to continue working to make the state better.

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“I may not be running for governor any longer, but I won’t stop doing everything I can to make sure the people of Georgia have a voice,”

Despite criticism from former president Donald Trump, Kemp, a developer before serving as a state legislator and secretary of state, won a second term. After Trump accused Kemp of not doing enough to challenge President Joe Biden’s narrow victory in Georgia, Kemp’s support among Republicans appeared to be waning. Trump encouraged former senator David Perdue to run against Kemp in the primary, calling Kemp a “complete and total disaster.”

But during the GOP primary, Kemp accelerated away from Perdue, garnering over 74% of the vote. Kemp explained things slowly.