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Cagle Should Immediately Concede to Brian Kemp

In the Georgia gubernatorial primary, Secretary of State Brian Kemp, a Trump-endorsed political outsider, is competing against Lieutenant Governor Casey Cagle, an entrenched Atlanta establishmentarian, for the GOP nomination.

Casey Cagle

While Cagle had the early lead and came in first in the initial primary, Kemp has taken the lead as Georgia approaches the runoff, which is to be conducted on Tuesday. In an Atlanta Journal Courier/Channel 2 Action News poll, Kemp had a three-point edge over Cagle. This lead has expanded greatly as the race has come to a close, with Kemp taking 55% over Cagle's 37% in a more recent FOX 5/Opinion Savvy poll.

Kemp's surge comes as Georgia learns about Cagle's sinister attributes. A string of recordings have Cagle on record stating that he voted on bad policy just to hurt his opponents, mocking the Georgia electoral process as a competition of "who would be the craziest," and supporting ineffective big-government policies on poverty reduction.

As if the recordings weren't bad enough, it has also surfaced that Cagle used $250,000 in taxpayer money on 413 airplane flights. Cagle's spokesman said that he was simply meeting the Georgia voters, but the $605 per-flight average would say otherwise: Per Google, a roundtrip Delta flight from Valdosta, in southern Georgia, to Dalton, in the north, is only $212.

On the other hand, Kemp just completed a 37-city tour of the state of Georgia by bus. He was oftentimes met by bustling, excited crowds, and he was sure to personally interact with all of the people who came out to greet him. The humility of a cross-state bus trip stands in stark contrast to the far-easier practice of simply flying around Georgia.


At this stage in the game, Cagle, who is now 18 points behind in the Republican polls, has shown himself to be thoroughly untrustworthy and underserving of the Georgia governorship. Even if he were to win the nomination, it is unclear whether he would be able to win the general election.

Therefore, Cagle should spare a further intra-party battle, which only serves the purpose of bruising the eventual Republican nominee, and concede the race to Brian Kemp.

Brian Kemp

Cagle's cessation would allow Kemp to fully prepare for facing off against former Georgia state Rep. Stacey Abrams, who was already nominated by the Democratic Party without much competition. The race is expected to be very competitive, and more time for Kemp could be a life-saver.

According a report written by Newsmax's John Havick,

Abram’s hope is that the turmoil among the Republican candidates, assisted by substantial media coverage (AJC) about the behavior of Cagle and Kemp, will help her candidacy. In addition, Georgia demographics have shifted to help Democrats compete state wide.

Cagle, by conceding, would bring the "turmoil among the Republican candidates" to a screeching halt, allowing for Kemp to fully consolidate the Republican base so that he can offer a vigorous challenge in the face of Stacey Abrams. In addition, Kemp wouldn't have to squander campaign funds on simply winning the nomination.

The policy metrics also point to the need for Cagle to drop out. Also according to Havick,

Abrams has emerged from the corrupt metro Atlanta political milieu (there are still investigations going on about the management and possible dishonesty of the mayoral election decided by under 900 votes and the corruption in the government); at one time she was a Deputy Attorney of the scandal ridden city of Atlanta; she does not emphasize this fact and on a few of her bio summaries it is omitted. Her policy positions appear to be that of a big spending liberal Democrat, and she is prepared to demagogue the social issues. 
She is on record wanting to sand blast off the 17,000 square foot, 40-foot deep, Mount Rushmore-style carving of Robert E. Lee, Stonewall Jackson, and Jefferson Davis on the biggest tourist attraction (and money maker) in Georgia: Stone Mountain Park. The task is estimated to cost millions. Visitors must pay $20 to enter the park, which has many attractions; one could visit and never even view the carving. In short, the park and its carving are not in your face, daily sights of anyone.

Havick's analysis settles any questions that you may have: Abrams is a staunch liberal, and she would have no hesitations about imposing a progressive agenda onto the state of Georgia. In addition, there are a lot of unanswered questions about potential corruption in her past, indicating that she may not be able to lead Georgia with integrity.

Therefore, if Cagle were to concede and immediately lend Kemp his full support in the interests of defeating Abrams, it would be in the best interests of all Georgians. There is no question that Kemp, with the immediate support of the lieutenant governor, would be able to beat the leftist machine; however, without the necessary action from Cagle's camp, it's up in the air.

Mr. Lieutenant Governor, for the future of the Republican Party in the state of Georgia, please pick up the phone and tell Brian Kemp that you will no longer be a candidate in the race for the governorship.