Nationwide controversy over the new Georgia voting law is brightening Gov. Brian Kemp’s reelection prospects even as influential former President Donald Trump demands his ouster in the 2022 Republican primary.
Trump complained Monday that Kemp settled for “watered-down” election reforms that fell short of fixing regulations he claims enabled Democrats to steal Georgia’s electoral votes last November. But Republicans in the state are rallying around their embattled governor. Amid Democratic assertions the law assaults minority voting rights and stinging rebukes from major corporations threatening to boycott Georgia, a defiant Kemp signed GOP legislation increasing security and oversight of elections that is popular among Republicans.
“I don’t think there’s any doubt that this helps Brian Kemp with Republican voters,” Georgia GOP strategist Chip Lake said Tuesday.
If enactment of the new Georgia voting law helps Kemp weather opposition from Trump, Republican operatives say he may owe a particular debt of gratitude to Major League Baseball Commissioner