Stacey Abrams touted the endorsements of more than 100 local officials earlier this week. Now, a handful of them say they never backed her campaign for governor.
Cairo Mayor Booker Gainor, fresh off a November election, told local media he was “shocked” to be on the list because he hasn’t endorsed either Abrams or her Democratic rival, former state Rep. Stacey Evans.
“I was kind of shocked because I knew I haven't endorsed a candidate,” he told WALB. “I think it was a mistake, I don't think it was done intentionally.”
Two other officials on the list, Fairburn Mayor Elizabeth Hurst and Muscogee County Superior Court Clerk Ann Hardman, also say they are officially neutral in the race.
Abrams spokeswoman Priyanka Mantha said the campaign was sorry for the miscues.
"We have received so many endorsements that sometimes it can be hard to keep track,” she said. “We apologize for any mistake and hope to earn their support in the future."
Abrams faces Evans in the May primary to succeed Gov. Nathan Deal. Five top Republicans are also in the race.
Her list of supporters included dozens of other city council members, school board officials and county commissioners. But many of the state’s most prominent mayors have yet to back either contender.
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