Georgia 2018: Trump is already jolting the race for governor

Donald Trump at the NRA convention in Atlanta. AJC photo.

President Donald Trump is shaking up the emerging race for Georgia governor, forcing Republicans to gamble on how closely to tie themselves to his presidency – and speeding up plans for Democrats who think they have a tantalizing opportunity to exploit his setbacks.

A fight is already under way on the GOP side of the ticket between candidates pledging to “drain the swamp” vying against more mainstream Republicans with long records of experience in public office who aren’t tying themselves directly to Trump’s presidency.

The battle lines have already being drawn: Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle didn’t mention Trump at his campaign kickoff, while Secretary of State Brian Kemp’s official announcement practically oozed Trump-ian themes. More Trump loyalists could join the race, including a top aide to Vice President Mike Pence.

Democrats are practically salivating over the chance to energize left-leaning voters by painting whichever Republican emerges as Trump lite. A pair of Democratic rising stars – state Reps. Stacey Abrams and Stacey Evans – both figure to put their opposition to Trump at the center of their bids.

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Terry L Wagnon
Terry L Wagnon

Trump stay out of Georgia let us handle this ourself, we don't need Russia involved.

Paul Ridley
Paul Ridley

Will someone PLEASE tell trumpf he can Call off his NAZI friends now. ALL those Nooses wil not get him OFF #RUSSIA/WATERGATE

Janice Sternik
Janice Sternik

I do not agree with everything President Trump is doing especially the Veteran Retirees who have not had a decent raise in several years and now he wants to cut Benefits added to no raise. This can be dealt with but most times I believe he is for preserving our Country and wants to do what it takes to better our lives and pay down the Debt. It is Obama's fault he Spent like a drunken Sailor. Now we have to pay for all his spending. Thank You Obama!

Carlis Spivey
Carlis Spivey

I got Georgia on my mind My home state make it red

Feistygirl girl
Feistygirl girl

We don't want no stinkin Nazi Fascists in Georgia! Vote Blue! Vote against treason!

Edwina McInnish
Edwina McInnish

Gamble, my eye. He is winning in so many ways, and the liberals are deliberately blind. Wake up, Georgians!

Mark Cotner
Mark Cotner

You still think people dislike Trump who voted for him. That's rich.

Doug Rogers
Doug Rogers

Vote blue send the sexual predator child rapist Russian puppet traitor a message.

Patricia Baker Charles
Patricia Baker Charles

Mr. Starling...you sound like one angry man and you make yourself look small when you use fowl language and name call.

Gary Huckaby
Gary Huckaby

Vote for the one who will listen to the citizens of Ga. Not just what others think or say. Not by party dem. Or Rep. But we the people.

Kris Henningsen
Kris Henningsen

GAMBLE?Liberals.Delusional dumbass liars.GA will STAY RED.

Marilyn Hupp
Marilyn Hupp

No socialism in georgia. Socialism sucks

Thomas Meduri
Thomas Meduri

Keep socialism the hell out of Georgia. We don't want this place to look like New York.

Chris Knowles
Chris Knowles

Look Blukenstein, you really need to change the name of your BS blog or at least put the disclaimer that you are nothing more than a liberal hack so people don't read your #FakeNews as anything more than liberal wet dreams of dissension in the Republican party.

Eddie Whitener
Eddie Whitener

Chew on this you trumptards. These are facts. You need to research your candidate.Lets go over the list of how things would be different so far if Hillary had won ......Obamacare is still intact under Trump, and would be under Hillary. • Obama's amnesty (DACA) is still intact under Trump, & would be under Hillary. • Trump hasn't declared China a currency manipulator on day one as promised, & neither would Hillary. • Trump's administration is preoccupied with scandals, investigations, & controversies, & so would Hillary's. • Trump hasn't and won't build a border wall, & neither would Hillary. • Trump proposes free child care and maternity leave, & so would Hillary. • Planned Parenthood is still being funded under Trump, & would be under Hillary. • Trump proposes hundreds of billions in infrastructure spending, & Hillary would also be a big spender. • Trump hasn't pulled out of NAFTA as promised, & neither would Hillary. • Trump intervened in Syria, in violation of his promise, & so would Hillary. • Trump hasn't moved our embassy back to Jerusalem as promised, & neither would Hillary. • Sanctuary Cities are still being funded under Trump, & would also be funded under Hillary. • The Iran nuke deal is still intact under Trump, & would be under Hillary as well. • The Republican Congress is impotent, ineffective, & unfocused under Trump, & would be under Hillary. • The swamp hasn't been drained under Trump, & it wouldn't under Hillary.

Eddie Whitener
Eddie Whitener

Kris Henningsen it's funny you call me a liberal and you voted for one.

Eddie Whitener
Eddie Whitener

You feel for the lies. No surprise here most votes did.

Kris Henningsen
Kris Henningsen

Eddie Whitener "feel for the lies"?English? "If you like your plan you can keep your plan."

Kris Henningsen
Kris Henningsen

Eddie Whitener Lets see, here YOU are on Facebook,Trump became a billionaire and then was elected President, and yet, still, HERE YOU ARE ON FACEBOOK.LMAO

Eddie Whitener
Eddie Whitener

Obama is gone. You can call me names all you want but Trump has pass or signed all of Obamas orders or bills. Peel the egg of of your face or prove me wrong. You can't. I stand by my statement. Trump is a liar a liberal and a fraud.

Lee VonderHaar
Lee VonderHaar

I like that little retarded Pajama Boy. He is a real cutie!

Kris Starling
Kris Starling

When will the dumbass Libtards realize it is the Dedicated Americans that are making Capitalisim the basis for America. We do not want Socialism as it is actually Communism.

Rhonda Chambers
Rhonda Chambers

Dedicated? Dancing with the MUSLIMS of Saudi lol Muslims anyway the doers of 9/11 and he's dedicated. It's about that "Money Baby"! Not you or I.

Kris Henningsen
Kris Henningsen

Rhonda Chambers YOU have the Obamas as your profile pic................BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA

Edwina McInnish
Edwina McInnish

Rhonda Chambers Blind as blind can be. If only you knew how blind you are.

CarMichael SanDiego
CarMichael SanDiego

If you are using any sort of roads, public schools, you are already in socialism, moron! Wait, why am I engaging a Trumpanzee.... *Slowly backing away*

Bobbie Culbreath
Bobbie Culbreath

Kris that comment makes your profound lack of comprehension frighteningly obvious . You should spend some quiet time reading .

RobinRosenblatt
RobinRosenblatt

I was just thrown out of a California Agriculture club called the Grange; because they are bringing in a Muslim to speak about the wonderful things about Islam. I sent them two emails with information about Islam (Bill Warner lectures) and one after they respond about how the Muslims are committing Genocide against Christians.

I had asked them to help the Israel Longhorn Project at http://longhornproject.org

Is this scary? Yes it is.