Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is not relishing the possibility of having to deal with a Democratic Gov. Stacey Abrams in neighboring Georgia, should she win the office in November.
“If Stacey Abrams is elected governor of Georgia, I just want to be honest, that will be a cold war between Florida and Georgia,” the GOP governor said at a press conference about infrastructure, according to The Hill.
“I can’t have Castro to my south and Abrams to my north, that would be a disaster,” he continued, referencing Cuba. “So I hope you guys take care of that and we’ll end up in good shape.”
He went on to say that he “really appreciates our Georgians.”
Abrams is slated to win the Democratic primary. She will face off against either incumbent Gov. Brian Kemp, whom she lost to in 2018, or former U.S. Sen. David Perdue, a Trump-backed candidate running against Kemp in the GOP primary.
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Abrams lost to Kemp in a narrow election in 2018 in a race she has yet to concede.
Since then, she has become a star for the Democratic Party who was credited by liberals for bringing more Black voters to the polls and helping elect Democratic Georgia Sens. Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff.
In a statement to Newsweek, a spokesperson for DeSantis said, “The governor was simply making an analogy to the stark ideological differences that underpinned the Cold War.
“If Stacey Abrams wins the governorship of Georgia, we know that her approach to leadership will involve more heavy-handed government, taxes, and bureaucrat influence. In Florida, Governor DeSantis will continue to keep Florida free and put citizens first,” the spokesperson added.
That said, according to a poll recently released by Emerson College Polling/The Hill, Abrams is behind current GOP Gov. Brian Kemp by 7 points and former U.S. Senator David Perdue by 5 points.
In the potential general election match-up poll, which was conducted on April 1-3, and has a margin of error of three percent, Kemp leads Abrams 51 percent to 44 percent with five percent undecided. Perdue leads Abrams 49 percent to 44 percent with seven percent undecided.
Spencer Kimball, executive director of Emerson College Polling, said, “Abrams holds the majority of support in the general election among voters under 50, while Kemp and Perdue have a strong majority of voters over 50. Abrams’ chances in November depend in large part on whether or not these younger voters turn out.”