Kemp, Abrams debate preview

Democratic gubernatorial candidate for Georgia Stacey Abrams, left, speaks as her Republican opponent Secretary of State Brian Kemp looks on during a debate Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2018, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore, Pool)

Governor Brian Kemp and his Democratic challenger Stacey Abrams are set to debate Monday for the first time this year.

WABE’s politics reporter Rahul Bali joined WABE’s “All Things Considered to offer his perspective on how each candidate will approach their first debate.

Bali said Governor Kemp goes into tonight’s debate leading in recent polls in his rematch with Democrat Stacey Abrams.

The debate will also feature Libertarian challenger Shane Hazel.

According to Bali, on the campaign trail, Kemp has focused mainly on what he has done over the past four years. That includes reopening the state early during the COVID pandemic, and attracting major businesses to the state. 

He’s mostly stayed away from more controversial laws he has signed, which will likely come up tonight.  That includes Georgia’s 6 week abortion ban.

Abrams campaign has focused on Kemp’s refusal to fully expand Medicaid expansion, abortion and voting rights. 

Libertarian Shane Hazel is expected to focus on the economy and digital currency.

Bali also reflected on Sunday’s heated congressional debate between Republican Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene and Democrat Marcus Flowers.