Georgia Sports Betting Gains Support From Stacey Abrams

Written By Giovanni Shorter on September 14, 2022
Stacey Abrams Sports Betting

As the Georgia gubernatorial race heats up, Democratic candidate Stacey Abrams has added Georgia sports betting to her list of endorsements.

What about incumbent Republican governor Brian Kemp? Read on for the answer.

Stacey Abrams Sports Betting Ad

The Abrams campaign has released advertisements criticizing Governor Brian Kemp for his opposition to sports betting while also speaking on the economic benefits sports betting brings to the Peach State. The ad began running during the college football betting season.

What Stacey Abrams Is Saying About Georgia Sports Betting

Abrams spoke in favor of bringing legal sports betting to Georgia during a speech in August where she outlined her economic plan for Georgia. Sports betting was among the list of revenue boosts she plans to bring to Georgia should she win.

“We can do what’s right for Georgia by investing in our economy, saving healthcare, building infrastructure and taking care of our small businesses, our workers and our bottom line,” said Abrams. “We can turn our state around and give back what has been taken from too many Georgians.”

The new ad is the Abrams campaign doubling down on her support of legal sports betting. The Abrams campaign didn’t stop with just the ad. Spokespersons for the Abrams campaign publicly confirmed her stance on sports betting and criticized Gov. Kemp for his lack of legislation as neighboring states benefit from Georgia tax dollars.

“The latest ads on sports betting are meant to draw attention to what Georgians already know: Gaming is happening in our state, but right now we are missing out on millions in revenue that could fund expanded access to higher education,” said Alex Floyd, a spokesman for the Abrams campaign.

Kemp has historically been opposed to sports betting or any form of gambling in Georgia for years. He recently reaffirmed his stance against sports betting just last month. Kemp’s campaign, however, has begun downplaying his opposition; likely in response to the positive shift Abrams is gaining in the public eye.

“On sports betting, Governor Kemp has taken no position and would work alongside legislative leadership to determine the best path forward,” said Tate Mitchell, a spokesman for the Kemp Campaign.

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Editor’s Note

Can Abrams Get It Done?

Before Georgians get excited about the prospect of legal sports betting coming to the Peach State, Abrams has to win the election. According to several polls, the former Georgia State Rep. is trailing her opponent.

On average, Gov. Kemp is leading 48% to Abrams 44.5%. In the Echelon Insights poll, Abrams is actually ahead 48% to Kemp’s 47%, but that narrow margin does not make up for Kemp’s projection. As recent as last week, InsiderAdvantage showed Kemp widening his lead against Abrams seeing 50% of potential votes to Abrams 42%. TheLines political odds writer Evan Scrimshaw noted in June this is “Kemp’s race to lose” when he was a -500 favorite at PredictIt.

There are still several weeks to go before the November elections kick off. Abrams could make headway in the final months. However, the odds are against a Democratic Governor winning in Georgia as Georgians have not voted blue since 1999.

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Giovanni Shorter is a sports enthusiast and writer with a passion for the legal and industry side of the sports betting market. Giovanni got his education from Florida State University where he honed his writing style writing narratives and short stories. He has spent his professional career covering sports and entertainment through articles and blogs and continues to look at the industry from multiple angles.

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