“Stacey Abrams, she says she won for governor. By the way, we might’ve been better if she did win for governor if you want to know the truth. We might’ve had a better governor if she did win,” said Trump.
“It’s really something that, to the best of my knowledge, is unprecedented,” said UGA Professor Joseph Watson, Jr.
Watson, Jr. is a political public policy professor and former appointee in the George W. Bush administration. He said he’s never seen a former president hit the campaign trail to target members of the same party.
Trump’s tension with Governor Brian Kemp came after the governor refused to overturn Georgia’s election results after the November presidential election.
The former president has since said he’d campaign against Governor Kemp’s re-election bid. However Watson said he doesn’t believe even trump’s words can disrupt Kemp’s efforts.
“You have former Democrat Vernon Jones who is planning to primary the governor but even with President Trump’s support, it’s hard to imagine Jones upsetting Kemp in a primary election,” he said.
Watson said the race Trump may have an influence on is the Secretary of State’s race where Republican Congressman Jody Hice is challenging Brad Raffensperger in the primaries.
Congressman Hice has Trump’s endorsement.
“That’s one where I think it is going to be potent, in a race like that. That’s one I would be keeping my eyes on,” he said.