Abrams Pitches Sports Betting in Georgia—Kemp Opposes

Stacey Abrams (l.) and Brian Kemp disagree on many things. So it comes as no surprise that sports betting is one of them. Abrams supports it as a way to raise funds now going to Tennessee. Kemp opposes gambling altogether.

In 2018, Georgia gubernatorial candidate Brian Kemp opposed legalizing sports betting. In 2022, Kemp has not taken a position on the subject, his spokesperson Tate Mitchell said. But in general he opposes gambling.

Democrat Stacey Abrams, who is running against Kemp this November as she did four years ago, criticized the governor, saying the state is losing potential tax revenue to neighboring Tennessee, which has legal gambling.

Abrams’ campaign released an online ad which featured the popular Georgia Bulldogs football team.

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

Abrams said that if elected, she would push for a constitutional amendment allowing sports betting and casino gambling.