Accompanied by blasting horns and raucous cheers, Republican gubernatorial candidate Brian Kemp made a campaign stop at the Rose Lawn Museum Tuesday morning.
After exiting his campaign bus, he made a parade lap around the Rose Lawn grounds, pumping hands with eager supporters, posing for selfies and encouraging them to vote for him.
As the Nov. 6 elections near, most polls call the race a dead heat. The NBC poll shows 43 percent committed to Kemp and 43 percent to Democrat Stacey Abrams.
Fourteen percent are undecided so both politicians are on the campaign trail hoping to woo the undecideds to their camp.
Kemp played the out-of-state financial support card — reminding Bartow voters that by electing Abrams, Georgia would be firmly in the grasp of the out-of-state Democrat politicians — Nancy Pelosi, Chuck Schumer and Maxine Waters — that supposedly own her.
"We are literally in a battle for the soul of our state," Kemp said. "This is a battle for our future. I am running against a radical career politician that wants to turn Georgia into California. I am running to be your governor, not the governor of California, Massachusetts or New York."
Kemp reminded voters that governments don't create jobs; the private sector does, and as governor, he pledged to make the necessary cuts in government regulations and continue to cut taxes in order to lure more business to the state.
He added education also is a major priority for luring new business.
"To continue to have a major workforce in Georgia," he said. "not only today, but in the future, we must have a governor that doesn't have a radical agenda, like my opponent who thinks government is the only answer to education. We must have fully funded public education and that parents have a choice in their children's education."
Kemp warned his supporters that in order for him to win, they would have to vote on Nov. 6.
"If you help me do that, I promise you as governor," he said, "I will work hard every day to put you first ahead of the special interests, the status quo and the politically correct."