Photo Emerges Of Georgia's Dem Governor Nominee Burning State Flag

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A recent poll from the AJC/Channel 2 puts Abrams and Kemp within two points of each other, reinforcing many political analysts' prediction of the Peach State turning purple.

But that was over quickly.

Charges of voter suppression and counterclaims of encouraging illegal voting dominated the first debate between Democrat Stacey Abrams and Republican Brian Kemp in the race for Georgia governor.

ABC News broke down the key topics.

Zell Miller was mounting an unpopular campaign to strip the Confederate emblem from the state's flag - an initiative that ultimately resulted in him losing his subsequent re-election bid. Georgia would later change its state flag to remove the Confederate "stars and bars".

Kemp is now being sued by the NAACP over reports by the Associated Press that he was using his position as secretary of state to suppress minority and women voters. He did not directly answer the question. "I have always fulfilled and followed the laws of our state and I'll continue to do that", Kemp said. Some of the A-listers who showed out to support Abrams included Will Packer, Chris "Ludacris" Bridges, Chris Tucker, Tiffany Haddish, Kelly Rowland, Marlon Wayans, LaToya Luckett, Marsai Martin and Tyrese Gibson, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Kemp reiterated his belief that undocumented immigrants should not be eligible for DACA.

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After tracing her youth in the state's public schools and recalling her time at Spelman College in Atlanta, Abrams spoke about her role in the demonstration decades ago. Tonight she responded by saying "I have never in my life asked anyone ineligible to vote for me".

Abrams repeatedly emphasized her plan to expand Medicaid in Georgia, calling it a "bipartisan solution" that Vice President Mike Pence embraced when he was Indiana's Republican governor.

Democratic gubernatorial candidate for Georgia Stacey Abrams, left, speaks as Republican Secretary of State Brian Kemp, and Libertarian Ted Metz, right, look on during a debate Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2018, in Atlanta. ABC has not been able to independently verify that.

Abrams has leveraged media coverage of the list and accused Kemp of actively suppressing minority votes.

Rolling Stone magazine released an audio clip in which Kemp appears to say that he is anxious about an "unprecedented" number of absentee ballot applications after Abrams' campaign focused on turning out its base with absentee ballots.

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