Stacey Abrams defends 1992 flag-burning incident

Minnie Murray
October 24, 2018

Brian Kemp, the Georgia Republican candidate for governor, expressed alarm that his opponent Stacey Abrams' voter turnout efforts "continues to concern us, especially if everybody uses and exercises their right to vote", according to an audio recording leaked to Rolling Stone.

"During Abrams' college years, Georgia was at a crossroads, struggling with how to overcome racially divisive issues, including symbols of the Confederacy, the sharpest of which was the inclusion of the Confederate emblem in the Georgia state flag", Collazo said.

"Abrams' time in public service as deputy city attorney and as a state legislative leader have all been focused on bringing people together to solve problems", the statement concluded.

She's locked in a very close race with Republican Brian Kemp.

"I took an action of peaceful protest", Abrams responded to assertions that the act indicates she is "too extreme" to head the state of Georgia. In their Tuesday debate, the first of two, Abrams twice warned that Kemp's record in Georgia had created and sustained worries over the election process that could both turn away and scare off potential voters.

Robert Howard, a political science professor at Georgia State University, told Fox News it's not a matter of if but when Georgia sees a blue wave, considering its dramatic demographic changes.

Kemp has portrayed Abrams as "too extreme for Georgia" and rails against funding she gets "California and NY".

The first question posed to the two-term Georgia secretary of state, asked by a debate moderator Tuesday night in Atlanta, drove at an issue that has drawn national attention to the campaign: accusations today, and from over the past eight years, that Kemp has sought to suppress the minority vote.

"The change to the flag is believed to have cost Georgia's last Democratic governor, Roy Barnes, his re-election bid in 2002, as he faced criticism from a vocal group of "flaggers" who argued that the symbol was not about racism, but the valor and sacrifice of the South's Civil War troops", The Times concluded.

Booker is New Jersey's first African-American U.S. senator.

The race is being watched as a barometer for Democrats' success in the midterm elections, as they try to make gains in Congress and in important state positions to counter President Donald Trump's agenda. "It is comprised of those who are documented and undocumented".

On the campaign trail, Kemp, who is Georgia's secretary of state, has said he would protect the monument "from the radical left".

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