Georgia’s incumbent Republican Gov. Brian Kemp has destroyed Democrat challenger Stacey Abrams in the state’s gubernatorial race.
Kemp was first projected to win late Tuesday night as the Republican governor soared ahead of “election-denier” Abrams.
The showdown was a rematch of the 2018 governor’s election in Georgia.
In the previous race, Kemp narrowly edged Abrams, a former state Democratic legislative leader.
In 2022, it was a different story, however, and Kemp easily stormed to victory.
As of Wednesday morning, Kemp has 53.4 percent of the vote while Abrams trails with 45.9%.
Abrams has become a rising star in the Democratic Party due to her national advocacy of “voter suppression” conspiracy theories.
While Abrams enjoyed a large fundraising advantage over Kemp during the entire election cycle, the governor consistently held the lead over Abrams in most public opinion polling during the campaign.
Kemp touted his record in office as he ran for re-election and continuously highlighted the issue of crime.
“I fulfilled a lot of promises over the last three and a half years,” Kemp told Fox News Digital in October.
“We created the gang task force at the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.
“We’ve given our attorney general, Chris Carr, more resources to prosecute gangs.
“We’ve been making sure our capital city’s safe.”
The governor also repeatedly accused Abrams of supporting the defund the police movement and blasted her for her support for cashless bail.
Abrams countered by attacking the governor as weak on crime.
Pointing to a bill the governor signed into law in April that allows people to carry firearms without a permit, an Abrams ad over the summer claimed that “Brian Kemp may talk tough, but he makes us less safe.”
And Abrams said that if elected, she’d boost the base salaries of some law enforcement officers and expand training for officers who specialize in mental health and social services.
Kemp advanced to the general election against Abrams by easily defeating a Republican challenge from former Sen. David Perdue in the state’s May GOP gubernatorial primary.
Perdue was endorsed and heavily supported by President Donald Trump.
Perdue’s crushing defeat to Kemp was the biggest and most high-profile loss this cycle by a Trump-backed candidate.