The Republican runoff is just a few weeks away, and in the race for governor, it has become a fight to the finish between Lieutenant Governor Casey Cagle and Secretary of State Brian Kemp.
On Monday, Cagle’s campaign received a big boost with Governor Nathan Deal’s endorsement.
In a news conference, he said Cagle is the one to keep leading Georgia and make sure economic gains made in the Deal Administration continue.
“My concern is let’s not undo or transform in a negative fashion the good reforms that have been put in place,” Gov. Deal said. “For that reason, I believe that Casey Cagle will be the best candidate for that position as the next governor of our state.”
For weeks now, Cagle has indicated his experience as the Lieutenant Governor is valuable.
“I have worked with Governor Deal on important economic development decisions like deepening the Port of Savannah,” he told News 3 on a recent visit to Savannah.
Deal said Cagle’s help and leadership have helped to lay an important economic foundation in Georgia.
“And that will be the challenge for the next governor of this state is to not go back but to go forward,” said the governor.
Cagle said the support of Gov. Deal is gratifying.
“The governor who has led this state with great passion, great vision and to have his trust is something that’s truly humbling,” he said.
Brian Kemp told our Atlanta bureau that Cagle is a career politician with baggage.
“But if you want somebody who’s not beholden to special interests and who will truly put Georgians first every day, I’m your guy,” said Kemp.
Cagle and Kemp will face off on July 24.