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Analysis: The politics of MLB's All-Star Game decision are more complicated than you think

April 6, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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ATLANTA, GA - AUGUST 10: Georgia Governor Brian Kemp speaks during a press conference announcing statewide expanded COVID testing on August 10, 2020 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Elijah Nouvelage/Getty Images)

In the wake of a new election law passed through the Georgia legislature and signed by Republican Gov. Brian Kemp, Major League Baseball decided to pull this year's All-Star Game out of the state to "demonstrate our values as a sport."

(CNN)In the wake of a new election law passed through the Georgia legislature and signed by Republican Gov. Brian Kemp, Major League Baseball decided to pull this year's All-Star Game out of the state to "demonstrate our values as a sport. "

Among Republicans, there's a sort of rallying effect behind Gov. Brian Kemp and the GOP legislators who voted in unison to support the law.

But he's also stepped up his criticism of former President Donald Trump for promoting lies about Georgia's election, saying the post-election misinformation campaign is divisive.

The last poll we conducted, in late January before the law was signed, found most Georgia voters endorsed requiring some form of ID to cast an absentee ballot and broad support for stronger election safeguards.

Bluestein: That's one of the most important questions leading up to next year's election in Georgia.

In that contest, Kemp and Abrams slugged it out over voting rights and access to the ballot box in the closing months of the campaign, ending with Abrams' famous decision not to concede defeat to a Republican she believed unfairly presided over his own victory.

Republican lawmakers embraced the election law and Kemp's allies are exulting in the corporate backlash, privately calling it a "gift" for his campaign for a second term.

Democrats say these efforts to roll back voting rights will only help energize their supporters -- and appeal to moderates and independents disgusted by Trump's still-looming shadow over the Georgia GOP.

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