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Sabato’s Crystal Ball bumps Georgia governor’s race to ‘probably Republican’

Sabato’s Crystal Ball bumps Georgia governor’s race to ‘probably Republican’
Sabato’s Crystal Ball bumps Georgia governor’s race to ‘probably Republican’

Electoral handicapper Sabato’s Crystal Ball on Monday raised her rating for the Georgia gubernatorial race from “Republican leans” to “probably Republican”, suggesting Gov. Brian Kemp (R) is increasingly well-positioned to win her rematch against Democrat Stacey Abrams.

Georgia uses a run-off system – meaning voters will vote again in December if no candidate receives a majority – but Kemp in the most recent polls polled in the 50s, which would narrowly avoid a runoff, like he did against Abrams in 2018.

“Our thinking remains that the Senate race likely ends in a runoff, but we think it’s reasonable to make Kemp a clearer frontrunner in the gubernatorial contest,” Crystal Ball’s deputy editor wrote. de Sabato, J. Miles Coleman. “Georgia probably goes Republican.”

Coleman added that even if the gubernatorial race ends in a runoff, he would likely still favor Kemp to win in the December ballot.

Georgia has been trending blue since Kemp was elected governor, when President Biden narrowly won the Peach State in 2020, the first time a Democratic presidential candidate won votes. Georgia voters since 1992.

Voters in 2020 also elected Democrats to both Georgian Senate seats for the first time in years, and Sen. Raphael Warnock (D-Ga.) This year faces a fierce re-election battle against Republican challenger Herschel Walker .

Polls have shown Warnock and Walker neck and neck in the state while indicating Kemp retains a slight but significant lead over Abrams.

“Governor. Brian Kemp (R-GA) was perhaps the governor who most exceeded our expectations at the start of the election cycle,” Coleman wrote. “When the crystal ball released our first set of notes for this cycle, in March 2021, Kemp’s status had just flipped from Donald Trump to Joe Biden. Likewise, the senator he appointed, then a senator. Kelly Loeffler (R), has just been beaten.

But since then, Coleman said Kemp has become a “free” Republican from the former president and has also enjoyed a more GOP-friendly political environment than he did four years ago.

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The incumbent president’s party typically loses congressional seats midterm, and Kemp in 2018 scored a victory for Republicans even as the nation’s Democrats made significant gains in the House by rebuking Trump.

Now the political headwinds are turning, as Biden faces low approval ratings mired by issues like inflation.

“Despite a national profile and rapid fundraising, former State House Minority Leader Stacey Abrams (D) hasn’t quite been able to replicate the energy that has underpinned his 2018 effort,” Coleman wrote. “To be fair to Abrams, some of the obstacles she faces in this rematch are structural: Kemp is now a starter, and the domestic environment is simply redder now than it was four years ago. ”

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