Photo Emerges Of Georgia's Dem Governor Nominee Burning State Flag

Photo Emerges Of Georgia's Dem Governor Nominee Burning State Flag

Photo Emerges Of Georgia's Dem Governor Nominee Burning State Flag

Anyone who tuned into tonight's debate expecting something new from Georgia gubernatorial hopefuls Democrat Stacey Abrams and Republican Brian Kemp-Libertarian Ted Metz was there too for comic relief-was probably disappointed.

In a statement Tuesday, Abrams's campaign said she was part of a movement to remove the Confederate emblem from the Georgia flag.

If she wins, Abrams would be the first black female governor in the country.

Abrams discussed the flag burning Monday ahead of her first debate with Republican Brian Kemp, also Georgia's secretary of state.

"What I've asked for is that you allow those that are legally eligible to vote, to allow them to cast their ballots", she said. Kemp and Georgia Republicans concocted an "exact-match" law where anyone's name on their government-issued IDs must precisely match their names as listed on the voter rolls, and Ted Enamorado of The Washington Post found that as many as 30% of voters in America's 8th largest state could be ineligible to vote under this law (totaling nearly a million people).

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Abrams said Kemp's record as secretary of state "causes great concern" and pointed to the release of voter data under Kemp's watch and the state's "exact match" voter registration system, which has left tens of thousands of voter registrations "pending" due to inconsistencies. While at Spelman, she took part in protests against Georgia's racist past.

It's rare that a candidate would hold such authority over ballot registrations for a race in which they are running, let alone express concern about citizens turning out to participate, but Kemp's wider record on this issue is the focus of several investigations. In 2014, she founded the New Georgia Project, an organization that seeks as its mission to register as many people of color and young voters as possible.

Abrams has painted Kemp as an incompetent chief elections officer who has been intent on suppressing minority voters.

FILE- In this May 22, 2018, file photo Democratic candidate for Georgia Gov. Stacey Abrams waves at a campaign event in Atlanta.

Kemp has promised a tax cut, a teacher pay raise (financed by some sort of spending cap), and anti-gang measures, but spent most of the debate as he's spent most of the campaign-attacking Abrams as an "extremist" who wants to raise taxes and let undocumented immigrants vote and receive government benefits. Secretary of State Brian Kemp, the Republican gubernatorial candidate, says that Abrams is fighting for immigrants without legal status to cast ballots in the November 6 election. The state, she said, "was at a crossroads" when Abrams was in college, and was "struggling with how to overcome racially divisive issues, including symbols of the confederacy".

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