CLEVELAND, Ga. – Pollsters say high turnouts in Georgia’s rural counties will benefit Secretary of State Brian Kemp in his campaign against Democrat Stacey Abrams to become the state’s next governor. Early voting ended Friday and if White County is a barometer, the Republican is in great shape.
Election Supervisor Lisa Manning reports that nearly 5,000 new voters have registered since the 2014 midterm election and 5,422 votes were cast during the three-week advance voting session, compared to only 2,277 in 2014. Also, 480 absentee ballots have been returned compared to 300 in 2014.
The two candidates are setting fundraising records, with Kemp reporting nearly $21 million compared to Abrams. However, as of Oct. 25, Abrams had $4.2 million remaining, compared to Abrams $3.9 million. That could be a significant factor in a race that most experts say, at this point, is too close to call.
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