The Trump rally could give Kemp a major boost as the campaign looks to rev up its base ahead of Election Day. Trump’s unexpected endorsement of Kemp ahead of the July GOP runoff helped accelerate the secretary of state’s victory over Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle, and the president carried the rural areas surrounding Macon by massive margins in 2016.
While both Kemp and Abrams were initially resistant about making the race for governor about national politicians, both campaigns have changed course in recent weeks as they've sought to motivate their core supporters rather than chasing the few remaining undecided voters.
“This is a base turnout election,” Kemp said of Trump’s pending visit. “And he’s definitely someone the base is excited about, including me.”
Trump’s visit comes the same day as a previously-scheduled televised debate between Kemp, Abrams and Libertarian Ted Metz. It was not immediately whether Kemp still plans to attend the 5 p.m. matchup, which is being hosted by Channel 2 Action News.
Staff writer Greg Bluestein and Cox Washington’s Jamie Dupree contributed to this article.