The Cook Political Report has revised its rating of the Georgia governor’s race from “leaning Republican” to a “toss up.”
In an article published Thursday, the Washington, D.C.-based publication presented an overview of the 33 gubernatorial races across the country.
“If there is any gubernatorial contest that excites national Democrats, it’s this contest between former state House Minority Leader Stacey Abramsand Republican Secretary of State Brian Kemp,” Cook’s Jennifer Duffywrote. “Both parties acknowledge that the contest is in the low- to mid- single digits, but disagree on which candidate is in the lead.”
The Cook Political Report revised the Georgia race from “likely Republican” to “leaning Republican” after Kemp came from behind to upend GOP Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle in a July runoff for the Republican nomination to succeed term-limited Gov. Nathan Deal.
Republicans point to the number of Georgia voters who showed up at the polls for the gubernatorial primaries in May as evidence that the Peach State is still in the GOP camp. On May 22, 607,441 voters cast ballots in the Republican primary for governor, while 555,089 picked up a Democratic ballot.
Abrams and Kemp have agreed to two televised debates during the campaign’s waning weeks. The two will square off Oct. 23 over Georgia Public Broadcasting affiliates throughout the state, then meet again on Nov. 4, just two days before Election Day, at the studios of Atlanta’s WSB-TV.
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