President Donald Trump has endorsed a candidate for Georgia governor.
The president tweeted that he is giving Brian Kemp his "full and total endorsement."
Brian Kemp is running for Governor of the great state of Georgia. The Primary is on Tuesday. Brian is tough on crime, strong on the border and illegal immigration. He loves our Military and our Vets and protects our Second Amendment. I give him my full and total endorsement.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 18, 2018
Kemp will face Casey Cagle in the GOP runoff election on Tuesday.
"I'm ecstatic about having his endorsement," Kemp told Channel 2's Aaron Diamant Wednesday.
Kemp said the endorsement came without warning, and he's proud to have received it.
"“I’m proud to have his support. I’m ready to stand with him. He’s standing with me," Kemp said. “I’m a lot like the president. I’m a business guy. I ran on cutting government regulation, streamlining government, not being the status quo, running against the establishment in a lot of ways.”
Kemp called Trump's support critical, but isn't taking it for granted.
"I think it’s going to have a huge impact, but we’ve got to make sure that happens," he said. "We’ve got to keep working, you know. Our goal is to make sure we make this endorsement worth it for him and worth it for our campaign.”
Late Wednesday afternoon, Cagle responded to the president's decision.
No hard feelings, @realDonaldTrump. I look forward to receiving your endorsement against the Democrats in November as I did for you (wish @BrianKempGA could say he did the same). https://t.co/3yR1jCi3gj— Casey Cagle (@CaseyCagle) July 18, 2018
Earlier this week, Gov. Nathan Deal endorsed Cagle for governor.
The winner of the runoff will face Democratic candidate Stacy Abrams in December. She also responded to President Trump's endorsement Wednesday evening.
Trump just jumped into the race for #GAGov. But if we stand together, Trump and whoever Georgia Republicans nominate next Tuesday won’t stand a chance. Join us: https://t.co/clJGJvZkQC #gapol pic.twitter.com/He6SLH4fMq— Stacey Abrams (@staceyabrams) July 18, 2018
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