Apparently it took losses in the presidential race and two Senate races to get them to take Abrams seriously? Although, to be fair, Kemp took her seriously enough in 2018 to do extra voter suppression, even by Georgia standards.
Abrams, mind you, hasn’t even declared an intent to run in 2022, though Kemp’s buddies are not the only people who expect her to do so.
Kemp and his friends should probably be focusing their attentions on their own party at this point in the process. After all, Trump has called for Kemp to resign, calling him “an obstructionist who refuses to admit that we won Georgia, BIG!” and “a complete disaster.” Trump has specifically suggested at a rally that former Rep. Doug Collins should run against Kemp.
But Republicans know that if Abrams runs, their nominee will face her in November 2022, and we should absolutely expect that they will stop at nothing to stop her. The amount of mud and worse flung is going to be mind-boggling—and by its very existence a recognition of Abrams’ effectiveness at organizing Georgia voters.