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(9 Jul 2021) FOR CLEAN VERSION SEE STORY NUMBER: 4334370

Four years can be a lifetime in politics. Especially in Georgia.
Brian Kemp won the 2018 Republican primary for Georgia governor propelled by grassroots conservatives and a late endorsement from then-President Donald Trump. Kemp went on to defeat Democrat Stacey Abrams in the general election.
Now, Democrats are riding high on President Joe Biden’s win in the state. Trump and his ardent supporters are fuming with Kemp for certifying Biden’s victory. And Republicans are reeling from losing two Senate seats.
Still, Kemp is readying to go for it again — he may even get a rematch against Abrams.
Ahead of his Saturday reelection campaign launch, The Associated Press talked to Kemp about the race ahead, Abrams, Trump and the new Georgia political landscape.
Kemp says he still stands by his certification of Biden’s victory in the 2020 election.
“I’m going to follow the law in the Constitution. It’s bigger than any party. It’s bigger than any politician, certainly bigger than me,” he said. “I think if we ever get away from that in this country, it’ll be a very bad day that we may never recover from. And I think a lot of conservatives like myself are now waking up to that fact.”
He says he’s appreciative of Trump’s help and the good he’s done for the country. But at the end of the day, he did what he thought was right and what Georgians wanted him to do, Kemp added.

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