With polls showing Stacey Abrams trailing Gov. Brian Kemp, the Democratic challenger in Georgia’s governor’s race has leaned heavily into highlighting her support for legalizing sports betting in the state.

Politics watchers say the effort is designed to emphasize another policy difference between Abrams and the Republican incumbent — and to help her make up ground in a race where polls have shown his lead widening in recent weeks. 

Abrams’ campaign has released a series of 15-second, 30-second and static ads that focus on her support for allowing sports betting and slam her opponent for his opposition. The ads were timed to the start of college football season, with many running on sites connected to Georgia Bulldogs college football and online sports betting.

“As governor, Stacey Abrams will work to legalize sports betting to invest in education for our young people,” a narrator says in one ad.

In another, a narrator says, “While Georgians still place bets, Kemp is forcing them out of state to do it, taking the tax dollars with them.” 

“That means even when Georgia wins the bet, states like Tennessee get the tax money,” the narrator ads. 

The ads followed a highly publicized speech by Abrams last month …read more

Source:: AOL.com


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