November 11, 2022

On behalf of the DeKalb Republican Party and on this Veterans Day, I am thrilled to congratulate Governor Brian Kemp, Lieutenant Governor-elect Burt Jones and all of our elected Republican officeholders. I would like to personally thank you for all of your hard work and support in this election cycle. We inspired a slate of incredible candidates who had the courage to run for office and for many that never dreamed of being a politician. The DeKalb Republican Party has become the party of the grassroots in our quest to #VoteDeKalbRed and Keep Georgia on the Right Track. 

Our founding fathers wanted everyday citizens to get involved like this, and I am proud to say that all of our efforts made a huge difference in the outcomes of numerous races where we helped to elect/reelect a full slate of Republican Constitutional Officers and retain a majority in the General Assembly. All of which received over 2 Million votes each outperforming Stacey Abrams who received only 1.8 Million total votes. Additionally, Jen Jordan (AG Candidate) and Charlie Bailey (Lt. Gov Candidate) all received more votes than Stacey.

Our founding fathers wanted everyday citizens to get involved like this, and I am proud to say that all of our efforts made a huge difference in the outcomes of numerous races where we helped to elect/reelect a full slate of Republican Constitutional Officers and retain a majority in the General Assembly. All of which received over 2 Million votes each outperforming Stacey Abrams who received only 1.8 Million total votes. Additionally, Jen Jordan (AG Candidate) and Charlie Bailey (Lt. Gov Candidate) all received more votes than Stacey. Herschel Walker and Raphael Warnock both received 1.9 M votes but this race fell short of the 50 + 1 mark forcing a Run-Off. (Note: Warnock was the highest performing Democrat in Georgia indicating he may have hit his ceiling if Republicans, Conservatives and Right- Leaning Independents return to the polls to vote for Herschel in the Run-Off). 

While our slate of DeKalb Republican Candidates did not have the outcome that we had hoped for, there is no reason to sell ourselves short that a Red Wave never materialized. As we pivot into four weeks of overtime; let’s take a brief time out to celebrate our many victories. We stopped Stacey and kept her out of the governor’s mansion. I am also pleased to share with you that in the General election, the efforts put forth by the DeKalb Republican Party and, due to our slate of 17 candidates, increased Republican voter turnout by 11 percent in the Governor’s Race from 2018 to 2022 in DeKalb County. (Our goal was 10% and we moved the needle 11%). We reduced the number of votes by 20,000 for Stacey Abrams and increased Governor Brian Kemp’s scorecard by 5,500 votes with a net gain of over 25,500 votes from the second bluest county. For the first time in decades, we challenged the Democrats, put forth formidable opponents and made them work harder in a place that they thought was their Blue Wall. 

We restored FITness – Faith, Integrity and Trust in our elections by building working relationships with our elections’ officials, stakeholders and partners Tea Party Patriots’ Election Integrity Network and Georgia Victory which made it harder to cheat and easier to vote for millions of Georgians. We also trained and deployed hundreds of poll watchers, absentee ballot observers and vote review panelists. We empowered a GOTV engine comprised of volunteers and paid canvassers to build partnerships with GAGOP/Georgia Victory, Citizens for a Greater Georgia, Turning Point USA, Team Herschel, Governor Kemp’s Campaign, Landmark Communications and the Atlanta Republican Jewish Coalition. Through these partnerships and in conjunction with our own campaigns, the DeKalb GOP was able to connect with tens of thousands of voters for #VoteDeKalbRed Days, Events and Meet & Greets. Through the generosity of our DeKalb GOP Members and Investors. We created a digital infrastructure and ground game that that ultimately saved Georgia. We formed a team who became family to rebuild an organization that most people thought was an impossibility and was dormant. 

While #TeamDeKalbGOP may be the underdog, I am very confident that we will provide the lift to take back the U.S. Senate by electing Herschel Walker in the run off. #VoteDeKalbRed is a journey and we only have just begun. I am so proud of #TeamDeKalbGOP.

Thank you to all that supported and believed in us. We will continue our efforts to win the hearts and minds of our fellow Georgians.

Now, the fight continues and let’s take #TeamHerschel over the finish line to victory! Let’s #VoteDeKalbRed and Keep Choppin!! Thank you!

With Best Regards, 

Marci McCarthy, Chairman
DeKalb County Republican Party

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