Trump-backed Brian Kemp wins Georgia GOP runoff for governor

Republican voters chose Trump favorite Brian Kemp over Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle in the Georgia gubernatorial primary runoff Tuesday, picking a social conservative over a favorite of the GOP establishment.

Kemp was declared the winner by the Associated Press. Kemp, a 55-year-old businessman and Georgia’s secretary of state, ran as a “politically incorrect conservative.” He appeared in ads with a shotgun, chain saw and truck, which he said he would use to round up illegal immigrants.

He got a boost last week when President Donald Trump endorsed him in a tweet, saying: “Brian is tough on crime, strong on the border and illegal immigration. He loves our Military and our Vets and protects our Second Amendment…I give him my full and total endorsement.”

The two months since the May 22 Republican primary have been unusually acrimonious and featured a secretly recorded conversation of Cagle saying he voted for a piece of school-choice legislation to stop a group from aiding an opponent, a move he described on the recording as “shit politics.”

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