Headline RoundupOctober 18th, 2022

Abrams, Kemp Debate in 2022 Georgia Governor's Race

Summary from the AllSides News Team

Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp (R) and challengers Stacey Abrams (D) and Shane Hazel (Libertarian) squared off in a 2022 gubernatorial race debate Monday night.

Key Quotes: "In Georgia, it’s easy to vote and hard to cheat," Kemp said in regards to Abrams accusing him of having "assiduously denied access to the right to vote" during his tenure as governor. Abrams then said that Georgians need "a governor who believes in access to the right to vote and not in voter suppression, which is the hallmark of Brian Kemp’s leadership." Kemp replied that "for someone to say that we have been suppressed of in our state or we’ve seen turn out increase over the years, including with minorities like African-Americans, Latinos and others is simply not true."

For Context: Kemp defeated Abrams in 2018's gubernatorial race, which Abrams attributed to voter suppression; she refused to concede at the time "because concession means to acknowledge an action is right, true, or proper." According to FiveThirtyEight's (Center bias) polling averages, Kemp held a 5-point advantage over Abrams as of Oct. 13.

How the Media Covered It: The debate was a top story from sources across the political spectrum Tuesday morning. Right-rated outlets focused heavily on Abrams' voter suppression comments and refusal to concede in 2018; left- and center-rated outlets covered the debate more broadly.

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