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Trump picks Brian Kemp in Republican runoff for governor
Brian Kemp
Brian Kemp

President Donald Trump has endorsed Brian Kemp in the Republican gubernatorial runoff.

Trump announced his endorsement on Twitter at 2:25 p.m. Wednesday, July 18, bucking the political establishment in Georgia that had lined up for Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle, who has been the state’s No. 2 leader for the past dozen years.

Cagle had just this week been endorsed by Gov. Nathan Deal, and on Saturday he appeared with Oliver North, incoming president of the National Rifle Association.

Trump’s endorsement was heavily sought after in the Republican runoff, and both candidates have adopted the president’s positions and even the style of his 2016 presidential campaign. The endorsement is sure to loom large among Republican voters, the vast majority of whom approve of Trump’s performance in office.

Kemp has been endorsed by all of the other unsuccessful candidates in the Republican primary: Hunter Hill, Clay Tippins and Michael Williams.

The runoff is set for Tuesday, July 24.