Georgia 2018: Hudgens, Dooley and Barr back Kemp in gov race

Secretary of State Brian Kemp picked up a trio of endorsements on Friday, landing the support of Insurance Commissioner Ralph Hudgens, former Rep. Bob Barr and Athens media personality Barbara Dooley.

The three each called him a hard-working candidate with a conservative track record who is the right fit to succeed Gov. Nathan Deal. Dooley and her husband, former Georgia coach Vince Dooley, will also hold a Sept. 14 fundraiser for Kemp in Athens.

Kemp, an Athens businessman, faces three other leading Republicans in next year's GOP primary: Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle and state Sens. Hunter Hill and Michael Williams. Two Democrats - state Reps. Stacey Abrams and Stacey Evans - are in the contest.

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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.