Currently, 84 days remain in the Georgia governor’s race and, by all accounts, Democrat Stacey Abrams and Republican Brian Kemp are locked in a toss-up. Both candidates made news this week for different reasons.

Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter formally endorsed Stacey Abrams. Conversely, the Atlanta Braves have been listed as a host for a pricey campaign dinner honoring Brian Kemp.

In a statement released Monday, Carter pledged he will work as hard as he can to elect Abrams this fall.

“At a time when we desperately need more bold leadership at all levels of government, I am proud to support Stacey Abrams’ gubernatorial campaign in this historic race,” Carter said in a statement:

Meanwhile, the Atlanta Braves have come under fire on social media because they are listed as a host for a Brian Kemp campaign fundraiser. More than 24 people are on the flier, listed as hosts. However, the baseball club insists they are not taking sides in the race. The Braves have responded via statement:

As we have done for many years, the Atlanta Braves provide campaign contributions to both Democrat and Republican candidates (including Abrams 2015 and 2016 campaigns) and are not taking a political stance for either gubernatorial candidate. As of today, we have yet to be contacted to support Abrams campaign but are expecting to do so.

The dinner is scheduled for Monday, Aug. 27 at the Georgian Club on Galleria Parkway in Atlanta. Senator Johnny Isakson is listed as the special invited guest.

There’s also a list of Host Committee Levels on the flier:

  • Chairman $20,000
  • Host – $13,200
  • Co-host – 6,600
  • Guest – $1,000 per person


Itoro Umontuen currently serves as Managing Editor of The Atlanta Voice. Upon his arrival to the historic publication, he served as their Director of Photography. As a mixed-media journalist, Umontuen...

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