在一块, former Obama administration official Norman Eisen and former federal prosecutor Dennis Aftergut argued that although Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp’s victory over former Sen. David Perdue in Tuesday’s Republican gubernatorial primary was “good for democracy,” the former was “hardly its friend.”
“More ill tidings for democracy come with a closer look at Kemp’s record,” 他们写, claiming Kemp fell short of being a “英雄” for pushing back against former 唐纳德·特朗普总统的 claims of election fraud in the state following the 2020 总统选举.
“He simply did the bare minimum required to in the end to uphold Georgia votes,” 他们补充说, before going on to describe his signing of the state’s 2021 选举诚信法 如 “dangerous behavior.”
Detailing a number of provisions implemented by the law, they repeated the claim that it “suppresses Black votes” 尽管 the state’s turnout record being shattered in this week’s primary, more than a year after it was signed into law.
The two did, 然而, note that voters were turning out in higher numbers, but claimed it was because of voter “tenacity.”
“It is true, 当然, that despite all these hurdles, voters are turning out in strong numbers to vote in person in the primary. But the fact that they are overcoming so many stumbling blocks and still making it to the polls is sign of their tenacity. It says nothing positive about the man who helped erect the barriers,” 他们写.
The massive turnout by Georgia voters in the face of the law, which many on the left described as akin to Jim Crow laws in the South, didn’t go unnoticed by the same liberal media outlets that previously reported on its alleged “voter suppression.”
One example was The Washington Post, which admitted earlier this week that voting was “surging” in the state after claiming on a number of occasions that the law would make voting “harder,” and that it would make it “disproportionately more difficult for poorer voters and voters of color to cast their ballots.”
Georgia saw high turnout motivated in part by the closely watched primary fight between Kemp and Perdue, as well as Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger’s contest with Trump-backed congressman Jody Hice. Kemp and Raffensperger both won handily to avoid runoffs and clinch their nominations.
斯泰西·艾布拉姆斯, despite no opposition in the Democratic gubernatorial primary, drew more votes than she and 2018 primary opponent Stacey Evans got combined that year.