Casey Cagle flies to the Fountain City ahead of Tuesday's GOP runoff to gain support

Casey Cagle flies to the Fountain City ahead of Tuesday's GOP runoff to gain support

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - In just a few more hours, the polls in Georgia will open up and voters will make their decision; decisions with major implications across local and state government.

At the highest level in the state, voters will choose the winner of the Republican runoff for governor: either current lieutenant governor Casey Cagle, or current secretary of state Brian Kemp.

Monday, an air of confidence surrounded Cagle and his staff as they continued their "fly around" to several cities across Georgia throughout the day.

"I'm going to be a bulldog for Georgia, not a lap dog for D.C.," Cagle said, in front of a group of supporters gathered inside the Flightways Columbus office outside the regional airport.

The next 12 hours will be the most critical for the Cagle campaign, as Kemp also works to rally more support, on the heels of both President Trump and Vice President Pence endorsing his campaign.

Despite this development, Cagle said Governor Nathan Deal's endorsement matters more to state Republican voters.

"The difference is Governor Deal knows this state," Cagle said.

"He has governed this state. He understands every aspect of this economy, but he's traveled to every community in Georgia. He knows it best, and he has said very clearly that Casey Cagle is the best choice to be the next governor of the state of Georgia," he said.

On top of other endorsements from the National Rifle Association, and several sheriffs across the state, including Harris County Sheriff Mike Jolley, Cagle believes his campaign will carry enough bipartisan support to ensure he takes the race in November against Democrat Stacey Abrams.

"We can also reach across the aisle to make sure we win successfully in November. The polls show I have a significant lead in November against [Abrams], whereas my opponent (Kemp) has a much more difficult time, if not an impossible time."

While Cagle said he's approaching Tuesday's election as the underdog, some polls place him in a stronger position. The latest A-J-C/W-S-B polls have Cagle and Kemp neck and neck before the polls open at 7 a.m. Tuesday.

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