Brian Kemp in the General Assembly.

Gov. Brian Kemp gave his 2021 State of the State address in January from the General Assembly.

Credit: Riley Bunch, GPB News

Wednesday on Political Rewind: As Gov. Brian Kemp prepares to formally launch his bid for reelection later this week, his campaign sends a warning signal to those looking to challenge him. His campaign revealed the Republican has raised roughly $12 million so far this cycle for his bid for a second gubernatorial term, with $3.9 million in cash collected over the last three months.

For potential primary opponents waiting to announce their bids, do Kemp's fundraising numbers represent too formidable an obstacle to challenge?

And what about the yet-undetermined Democratic challenger in the 2022 gubernatorial race? Stacey Abrams is expected to run for the seat, but she has not yet announced her campaign. If she is planning a bid, what is the strategy behind waiting to make her run official?

Meanwhile, a U.S. Department of Agriculture report shows how Black farmers were systemically denied funds as they struggled to keep their businesses alive.


Edward Lindsey — Republican Strategist

Dr. Andra Gillespie — Professor of Political Science and Director of the James Weldon Johnson Institute for the Study of Race and Difference at Emory University

Jim Galloway — Former Columnist, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Mary Margaret Oliver — State Representative (D-Decatur)