Are the Kavanaugh Hearings Affecting Georgia’s Governor Race?


Jake Gant, Staff Writer

Last week we saw two powerful testimonies, one from Dr. Christine Blasey Ford of California and Judge Brett Kavanaugh of Washington D.C. The hearings have been one of the most polarizing issues of 2018, with 83% of Republicans believing Kavanaugh is innocent and 77% of Democrats believing Kavanaugh is guilty. Have their testimonies been affecting the equally polarized Governor’s race in the Peach State?

In Georgia, one of the hottest elections of 2018 is taking place as Republican Brian Kemp fends off Democrat Stacey Abrams in a commonly Republican state. Since Brian Kemp was nominated in July, this race has been razor thin, with the majority of polls resulting in a tie. However, for the first time Brian Kemp has taken the lead in a new Landmark poll that places Kemp at 48% and Abrams at 46%. The same poll also showed that 49% of Georgians believe that the U.S. Senate should vote to confirm Mr. Kavanaugh, while 43% opposed.

While Abrams has been sticking to a consistent script of state issues, she has made many comments at recent rallies, “I’m winning women. And I think if Brett Kavanaugh is endorsed and he is put on the Supreme Court, given that my opponent has said he believes not the survivor but someone that had a temper tantrum in a hearing,” she said during a recent campaign event in Brookhaven. “I think that’s going to help us get further and further along the line and across the finish line to governor.”

Kemp too has had a very consistent agenda, and has been very open with his opinions on the Kavanaugh hearings. “It’s firing our supporters up. I’m trusting in our two senators to go through the process and hear everything there is to hear, but I think people are fed up with it,” Kemp said at a Cartersville rally. “Based on what we know now, he should be confirmed. But we have a new process with the FBI … and I’ll support that.”

Both Abrams and Kemp publicly support an FBI investigation, but both believe there should and or will be a different outcome. Stacey Abrams has proven that she is a strong candidate for Georgia, but will the average Georgian be able to bend backwards and support her seemingly distant agenda over an agenda well known?