Georgia Republicans decide a bruising gubernatorial runoff today that is testing the loyalty of conservative voters to Donald Trump and their frequent rejection of the establishment in favor of outside, bare-knuckled politics.
The match-up between Secretary of State Brian Kemp and Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle pits the White House, which backs Kemp, against outgoing Republican Gov. Nathan Deal, who backs Cagle. Democrat Stacey Abrams awaits the winner in the fall, seeking to become the first black female governor of any American state.
Election watchers have reported there is no real ideological difference between the GOP contenders. So it is not a conservative vs. a moderate. The difference seems to be the that Kemp looks to be the weaker general-election candidate given his outlandish views on immigration and guns. What will be interesting to watch both tonight and in November is whether Trump once again endorse the weaker candidate?