Georgia Governor Primary—How Will It Affect the Turnout in November?


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The two political parties campaign to become the next governor of Georgia. Photo by Furman University.

The 2022 Georgia gubernatorial election is upcoming on Nov. 8, and the candidates are on edge as their future to become the next governor of Georgia will be in the hands of voters.

The primary candidates for the Republican party are Former U.S. Sen. David Perdue, current Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp, Conservative Activist Catherine Davis, Educator with the Board of Education Dr. Kandiss Taylor, and Former WNEP Anchor Tom Williams. The primary candidate for the Democratic party is Former Georgia House Minority Leader Stacey Abrams.

Early voting began on Monday, May 2; however, Primary Day is Tuesday, May 24. Citizens can cast their vote early either at the available in-person voting centers around their residing county or by requesting an absentee ballot by May 13. Each county has its own rules regarding the absentee ballot dropbox. Click here to find your county’s registrar’s office mailing and contact information to mail in a ballot.

In the final Republican debates, the candidates running to replace Kemp spent much of their time criticizing him and the efforts he has made; yet, in the end, most of the candidates other than Davis agreed on backing whoever would become the Republican candidate in the race against Abrams. According to GPB News, recent polls prove that Kemp is favored to win the May 24 primary for the Republican nomination.

Abrams is unopposed in the Democratic party and claims she is “trying again to do what’s right for Georgia” after falling short to Gov. Brian Kemp in the 2018 election. She has mentioned her continued support for the issues from her campaign in 2018, underlining her proposition of expanding health insurance coverage.

The campaign agendas vary among each candidate, and the support shown by voters will determine the issues they feel are the most pressing.