Abrams, Kemp set to meet in Georgia governor’s debate

Saul Bowman
October 24, 2018

The differences of opinion about the flag were reflected on social media, where some said they'd never vote for someone who had desecrated a flag, while others lauded Abrams for doing her part to get rid of a symbol of racism.

The report comes just one day before Abrams is set to meet her Republican opponent, Brian Kemp, for their first debate of the race.

With just two weeks to go until the 2018 midterm elections, Abrams - who, if elected, would become the first black woman governor in America, and Kemp, who is white, are now locked in a statistical dead heat, according to RealClearPolitics.

"We're following the process", said Kemp in an interview with WABE. Election Day is November 6.

Abrams, who would be the first African-American female governor in the USA, participated in a protest that included flag-burning at the steps of the Georgia Capitol while she was in college in Georgia, according to a report in the New York Times on Monday.

"Fox & Friends" co-host Brian Kilmeade defended the Democrat running in Georgia's gubernatorial race on Tuesday after she admitted to burning the state's flag during a protest in the 1990s, explaining that it contained a Confederate design at the time.

Tensions escalated following a recent Associated Press report that more than 53,000 voter applications - almost 70 percent of them from blacks - were on hold with Kemp's office ahead of the election. He has tried to portray Abrams as "too extreme for Georgia".


Kemp vehemently denies it and says those on the "pending" list can still vote with an approved ID that substantially matches registration information.

Similar arguments may resurface Tuesday night, when Kemp and Abrams square off in the first gubernatorial debate, two weeks before the election.

"We need to lay the days of segregation to rest, to let bygones be bygones, and rest our souls", Miller said at the time.

Abrams' spokeswoman Abigail Collazo said Abrams was involved in a "permitted, peaceful protest against the Confederate emblem in the flag" while a student at Spelman College in Atlanta in 1992. He is being sued, as chief elections officer, by various groups for "voter suppression".

Additionally, Kemp blocked 53,000 Georgia residents from registering to vote, most of whom were African-American, according to analysis from the Associated Press; and 595 absentee ballots in Gwinnett County were recently rejected, most of which were submitted by minority voters as well.

Abrams has received an endorsement from Barack Obama. Marco Rubio, among others. I don't simply mean that both major-party candidates repeated points they've made throughout the campaign.

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