Georgia Runoff Rocked By Late-Breaking Trump Endorsement

Georgia’s voters on Tuesday will select one of two Trump-supporting candidates as the Repubican nominee for governor, capping off an electric race rocked by a slow burn of secretly recorded tapes and eye-catching advertising, as well as a sudden and unexpected endorsement by the president himself.

Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp and Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle are locked in a contentious primary runoff, with both vying to position themselves as the true Trump conservative. The two have emerged from a crowded field of candidates, though neither won more than 50 percent of an earlier vote to avoid the July 24 runoff.

Kemp, who has called himself a “politically incorrect conservative,” made headlines in May for running an advertisement boasting that he has a pick-up truck “in case I need to round up criminal illegals.”

Trump unexpectedly weighed in on the race last week, tweeting his “full and total endorsement” for Kemp. Trump’s endorsement reportedly caught Kemp, who was in a press conference at the time, by surprise.