The Republican Party needs to be unified right now.
A survey conducted by a political action committee linked to Georgia Governor Brian Kemp (R) took a cheap shot at former President Trump by revealing that he received lower support compared to a generic Republican candidate in the state. This revelation comes just before the former president’s scheduled visit over the weekend.
According to The Hill, a survey conducted by Hardworking Americans Inc. showed results indicating a close race between former President Trump and President Biden in a hypothetical 2024 election matchup. The survey revealed that 42 percent of respondents from Georgia expressed their support for the former president, while 41.4 percent indicated their backing for the current president.
In contrast, the survey also found that in a hypothetical matchup, a generic Republican candidate had a 10-point lead over President Biden. The results showed that 48 percent of respondents expressed their support for the generic Republican candidate, while 38 percent indicated their backing for the current president.
Cody Hall, the executive director of Hardworking Americans, emphasized the significance of Georgia in the path to the White House. In a Twitter post, Hall stated, “If Republicans nominate candidates next year who struggle to win general elections, the road to the White House runs through Georgia but hits a dead end.”
According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, former President Trump is scheduled to make an appearance at the Georgia Republican Convention on Saturday. However, it has been reported that Georgia Governor Kemp and other high-ranking state officials have decided not to attend the event.
The relationship between Georgia Governor Kemp and former President Trump has been strained and marked by public feuds. This tension arose when Kemp chose not to yield to Trump’s pressure campaign, which aimed to overturn the 2020 presidential election results in Georgia.
In December 2020, there were allegations that former President Trump contacted Governor Kemp and urged him to convene a special session of the legislature in an attempt to overturn President Biden’s victory in Georgia. Approximately a month later, the former president made a widely publicized call to Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, during which he asked Raffensperger to “find” an additional 11,780 votes to secure his own victory.
In the 2022 elections, former President Trump endorsed former Georgia Sen. David Perdue in his attempt to unseat Governor Kemp. However, Governor Kemp emerged victorious in the Republican primary, defeating Perdue by a substantial margin of over 50 points.
The criticism aimed at the former president coincides with the announcement that he would be facing charges in an investigation regarding his handling of classified documents. It is worth noting that the poll mentioned in the previous statement was conducted prior to the news of the indictment, and the timing of the criticism is unrelated to the indictment itself.