Understanding Georgia’s GOP runoff for governor

A closer look at the people, trends and policies that shaping the July 24 runoff

Early voting in the Republican runoff for governor begins Monday, and voters will decide between Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle and Secretary of State Brian Kemp. The winner of the July 24 runoff faces Democrat Stacey Abrams in November.

Here is our guide to the people, events and trends that have helped shape the race for governor.

ExploreIn Georgia GOP governor’s race, a fight over who’s most loyal to Trump 

As the July 24 runoff nears, there's a bigger battle going on in the GOP race for governor that doesn't revolve around guns or immigration, but on another issue that could have an even greater pull on Republican voters: the depth of their loyalty to Trump. - Greg Bluestein, June 25

ExploreSecret recording shows Cagle backed ‘bad’ bill to hurt gov race rival

Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle told a former rival in a secretly recorded conversation that he engineered the passage of a bill he described as bad "a thousand different ways" because it would deprive another opponent in the race for governor of millions of dollars in support. - Greg Bluestein, June 7

ExploreGeorgia senator says Cagle expected big funding by passing bill

A Republican state senator said Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle demanded the passage of a contentious charter school measure because he said it would help him secure millions of dollars in outside help for his campaign for governor. - Greg Bluestein, June 12

ExploreKemp campaign gets big bucks from the people he regulates

Secretary of State Brian Kemp has received more than $325,000 in donations to his gubernatorial campaign from individuals and firms under the oversight of his office,  an analysis by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution found. - Johnny Edwards and Greg Bluestein, June 27

‘People feel betrayed.’ Brian Kemp’s role in Kentucky plant under scrutiny

Trenton, Ky. - The residents here are well-versed on the plight of the seed-crushing plant run by Hart AgStrong that's fast become a part of the campaign for Georgia governor. And the firm's struggles threaten to dent Secretary of State Brian Kemp's campaign image as a successful entrepreneur. - Greg Bluestein, June 15
Cagle bought condo from lobbyist

Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle bought a condo in downtown Atlanta a decade ago from a well-connected energy lobbyist who owned the unit next door. - Greg Bluestein, June 14

ExploreGeorgia Democrats think sharp turn to left could lead to November victory

Georgia Democrats took a dramatic turn toward progressive policies in last week's votes, part of a broader realignment that will reshape November's election by shifting the party's philosophy away from decades of centrist appeals. - Greg Bluestein and Tamar Hallerman, June 25

In Georgia, Democratic race hinges on appeal to black voters 

The Democratic race for governor has highlighted a tense scramble to win over black voters, who make up the biggest bloc of the party's electorate. – Greg Bluestein, May 16

ExploreAbrams banks on debt as advantage in final stretch of gov race 

Rather than downplaying the fraught topic of her roughly $200,000 in debt, Stacey Abrams has been anything but quiet about her finances. – Greg Bluestein, May 10

ExploreLocked and loaded: Republicans race to right on guns

A few months after a mass shooting at a Florida high school reignited a nationwide debate over gun control, Georgia Republicans have aggressively moved in the opposite direction. – Greg Bluestein and James Salzer, May 7

ExploreDeal looms large over race to replace him as Georgia’s governor 

The most liked figure in Georgia politics right now is not Donald Trump, Mike Pence, David Perdue or Barack Obama. It's Gov. Nathan Deal. And his popularity is shaping the crowded race to succeed him. – Greg Bluestein, May 4

ExploreAfter Delta flap, some execs pony up to Georgia Democrats 

In the days after Georgia Republicans exacted political revenge on Delta Air Lines, several high-profile business leaders and airline executives quietly threw their support behind one of the two Democrats running for governor. – Greg Bluestein, April 10

ExploreIn Georgia, Democrats chart new course on gun control 

Not so long ago, most leading Georgia Democrats cozied up to pro-gun groups. Not anymore. Now Georgia Democrats are embracing proposed firearms restrictions and openly warring with the gun lobby, a remarkably quick shift that upends the party's decades-old political approach to the debate. – Greg Bluestein, March 22

ExploreGeorgia GOP counting on tax overhaul to help during elections 

Georgia Republicans plan to lean heavily on the recently passed tax overhaul as they hit the campaign trail this year to counter a surge of civic activism on the left and the headwinds that face a party in power in a tough political environment. – Tamar Hallerman and Greg Bluestein, March 18

ExploreElection-year politics threaten Georgia’s bid for Amazon

Georgia has pledged to roll out the welcome mat to Amazon in hopes of securing its second headquarters. The Legislature may not have received the message. – Greg Bluestein, March 2