Kemp PAC proposes poll before Trump visit to Georgia

A political action committee linked to Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp (R) has slammed former President Trump ahead of the former president’s visit this weekend with a poll showing he was performing worse than a typical Republican candidate in the state, dejected.

Hardworking Americans Inc.’s poll found Trump to be virtually level with President Biden in a hypothetical 2024 campaign. While 42 percent of Georgia respondents said they would support the former president, 41.4 percent said they would support the current president.

However, a general Republican nominee was ten points ahead of Biden in a hypothetical vote, with 48 percent supporting the Republican and 38 percent supporting the incumbent president.

“The road to the White House passes through Georgia, but it will hit a dead end when next year Republicans nominate candidates struggling to win the general election,” said Cody Hall, executive director of Hardworking Americans, in a Twitter post .

According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Trump will appear at the Republican Convention in Georgia on Saturday, while Kemp and other senior state officials have reportedly decided not to attend the event.

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The Georgia governor and former president have been at odds publicly since Kemp refused to give in to Trump’s pressure campaign to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election in the Peach State.

Trump reportedly called Kemp in December 2020 and asked him to call a special session of the Legislature to reverse Biden’s win in the state. About a month later, the former president also made his now-infamous call to Georgia’s Foreign Minister Brad Raffensperger, asking Raffensperger to “get” 11,780 more votes for him.

Trump backed former Georgia Sen. David Perdue in his bid to unseat Kemp in 2022. Ultimately, however, Kemp beat Perdue by more than 50 points in the Republican primary.

The dig at the former president comes the day after he was told he would face charges in an investigation into his handling of classified documents. However, the poll was conducted ahead of Thursday’s announcement of the charges.

The poll was conducted by Cygnal June 5-7 of 600 likely voters for the Georgia general election and had a 3.99 percentage point margin of error.

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Originally published Jun 9, 2023 @ 12:39pm