Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle campaigns for the Georgia governor's race during a meeting of the Gainesville Junior Chamber of Commerce in Gainesville, Ga., July 12, 2018. Cagle, a Republican, was captured criticizing the over-the-top tone of his own party's primary in a private conversation.

Cagle’s final runoff ad is brutal attack on Kemp 

Candidates usually close out their campaigns with feel-good messages. But the GOP race for governor may be too close to gamble on a sunny message.

Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle’s final ad ratcheted up the brutal back-and-forth with Secretary of State Brian Kemp, highlighting his role in a probe of massage parlors, his investment in a struggling agriculture project in Kentucky and his office’s release of confidential voter information.

“After 20 years of failures, what’s Brian have to say?” the narrator asks.

It cuts to Kemp’s closing ad, released earlier this week: “I say Merry Christmas.”

Then, it flashes to the more positive images that usually accompany these final spots: “No wonder Oliver North, President Trump’s state chair and Gov. Nathan Deal trust Casey Cagle for governor.” 

More recent AJC coverage of the Georgia governor’s race:

Georgia GOP governor’s race: What you need to know 

A pledge to fight poverty riles up the Georgia governor’s race 

An endorsement highlights slight GOP shift on medical marijuana 

Kemp’s closing ad asks: Are you ‘ready for a politically incorrect conservative’ 

Deal endorses Cagle in Georgia gov race 

Georgia gov candidates spar over Russian hacking probe 

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Greg Bluestein
Greg Bluestein
Greg Bluestein is a political reporter who covers the governor's office and state politics for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.