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Youngkin Stumps With Kemp in Georgia, Urging Conservatives to Vote


ALPHARETTA, Ga. — Gov. Glenn Youngkin of Virginia appeared at a campaign event on Tuesday afternoon for his counterpart in Georgia, Brian Kemp, helping to bolster Governor Kemp’s re-election pitch to voters.

The event, in Alpharetta’s idyllic town center, brought out greater than 200 conservative voters from around Georgia, several with hats, T-shirts and signs bearing Mr. Kemp’s campaign logo. In his speech, Mr. Youngkin pressed for conservative voters to end up en masse on Election Day and identified the competitive politics of the 2 Republican governors’ states.

Mr. Youngkin also focused on the problems that helped him get elected. Education and the economy, he said, represent “the failed policy of the progressive liberals.”

“Everyone knows that it has failed,” Mr. Youngkin said. “This shouldn’t be a Republican view. That is an American view.”

Mr. Kemp, too, underlined the parties’ differences in policy, championing his decision to defy public health guidance in the course of the earliest waves of the Covid-19 pandemic to maintain businesses open in Georgia. As well as, he laid out a policy plan for a second term that might include using surplus funds from the state budget to chop property and income taxes.

With the primaries over, each parties are shifting their focus to the overall election on Nov. 8.

Georgia has played host to a parade of Republicans who’ve kept former President Donald J. Trump at arm’s length. Mr. Kemp in 2020 resisted Mr. Trump’s efforts to overturn his loss within the election in Georgia, and this 12 months he easily fended off a Trump-backed challenger in the first, former Senator David Perdue.

In early September, Mr. Kemp campaigned with former Gov. Nikki Haley of South Carolina. And before Mr. Kemp’s primary, former Vice President Mike Pence headlined a Kemp campaign event.

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Mr. Youngkin, a former private equity executive who defeated Terry McAuliffe, a former governor, within the November 2021 election for Virginia governor, has traveled across the country in recent weeks on behalf of Republican candidates for state office. In late August he campaigned with Tudor Dixon, the Republican running to unseat Gov. Gretchen Whitmer of Michigan. In early September, Mr. Youngkin appeared alongside Joe Lombardo, the Republican candidate for governor in Nevada.

Mr. Youngkin’s tours have only fueled speculation that he’s angling for a spot in a future Republican presidential primary. Nevertheless, in a news conference after the rally on Tuesday, Mr. Youngkin downplayed such talk.

“I don’t really give it some thought,” he said. “I’m focused on 2022, being one of the best governor I can possibly be within the Commonwealth of Virginia.”

Mr. Kemp leads his Democratic opponent, Stacey Abrams, by greater than five percentage points in a majority of polls of the race. Even so, Mr. Kemp has implored his supporters to contemplate the network of Democratic organizers and party leaders who had worked to end up the vote and powered the party’s gains within the 2020 presidential election and 2021 U.S. Senate runoffs.

When asked by The Recent York Times during a news conference if he still had concerns about Republicans’ ability to match Democrats’ grass-roots turnout efforts, Mr. Kemp replied, “Rattling right.”

“I’d tell all those people on the market: Don’t consider any of those polls,” he said, turning his attention to his Democratic rivals. “You can not underestimate their ground game.”

He then underlined the hundreds of thousands of dollars that Democrats and their allies have poured on to the airwaves in recent weeks. “We’re never going to outspend them,” he said. “But I do consider we’re going to outwork them.”

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