ATLANTA — It's the final days of campaigning, and both candidates for Georgia’s next governor are making the final push for your vote.
President Donald Trump made a stop in Macon to support Republican candidate Brian Kemp. The president touted Georgia's economy, saying, "more workers are employed today than at any point in American history" and said that Kemp would only strengthen that.
Trump called on voters to cast their ballots for Kemp, saying a victory for Democratic candidate Stacey Abrams would "turn Georgia into Venezuela." He added, "If you want more caravans or more crime, vote Democrat. If you want strong borders and safe communities, vote Republican."
From the proposed border wall to health care, Trump touched on a wide range of topics during his speech. Channel 2 political reporter Richard Elliot was at the event, where hundreds of supporters gathered, and spoke to voters.
Watch the rally below:
Elliot arrived at the airport Sunday morning around 6:30 a.m., where he found dozens of people already lined up to see the president.
"We want to come here to show support for our president," said Susan Caparell, who drove up from Florida on Saturday afternoon to stake out her spot in line.
"We came here and had some chicken, watched them set up, then Secret Service escorted us over here, to come and wait right here and keep us safe and company all night long," Caparell said.
On Saturday, the president was in Montana and Florida where he told supporters the midterms are the most important elections of their lives.
"This election will decide whether we build on the extraordinary prosperity that we achieved, or whether we let the radical Democrats take control of Congress," Trump said.
Meanwhile, Democratic candidate Stacey Abrams made several stops in the metro area on Saturday, including one in southeast Atlanta with Rep. John Lewis.
“Having Congressman Lewis by my side, reminding folks of the hard work that's been done to make this election possible, I stand on his shoulders but more importantly I hope I’m a strong inheritor of his legacy,” Abrams said.
Former President Barack Obama campaigned on Friday for Abrams at Morehouse College.
“Republicans, they keep trying to diminish Stacey’s remarkable achievements. She’s the most experienced, most qualified candidate in this race,” Obama told the audience at Morehouse College.
The latest Channel 2 Action News & The Atlanta Journal-Constitution poll shows a statistical dead heat between Kemp and Abrams, with a low percentage of undecided voters remaining.
There's a possibility of a December runoff, given that Libertarian Ted Metz also is on the ballot.
Georgia requires that the winner garner a majority of the votes. There has never been a runoff to determine Georgia’s governor.
All of this could mean that events that energize core supporters, such as a rally with Trump or Obama, carry more weight less than 48 hours before Election Day.
Both candidates have run consistent appeals to their respective bases.
Kemp has embraced Trump and echoed the president's hard-line policies on immigration, and he's focused much of his campaigning in the state's more conservative pockets beyond metro Atlanta.
Abrams has touted her experience working with Republicans as minority leader in the Georgia legislature, her positions on health care, education spending, criminal justice and gun regulations make her an unapologetic liberal.
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