How Trump's Endorsements Fared in Georgia's Primaries

Headline Roundup May 25th, 2022

Former President Donald Trump's influence over the Republican Party was put to the test Tuesday in Georgia's 2022 midterm election primaries.

Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp (R) defeated businessman and former Sen. David Perdue, who was backed by former President Donald Trump, in the Republican Gubernatorial Primary in Georgia.  Kemp will face politician and lawyer Stacey Abrams in November.  Herschel Walker, who was also backed by Trump, safely won the Republican Senate Primary in Georgia, and will face Democratic Sen. Raphael Warnock in November.

In other primary races Tuesday, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton defeated Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush in the Republican run-off for Texas Attorney General, and former White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders won the Republican nomination for Arkansas Governor.  In Alabama, Congressman Mo Brooks will face a run-off with attorney Katie Britt for the Republican Senate nomination there.

Georgia's races were the main focus from outlets across the political spectrum. Many left and center-rated sources highlighted Perdue's loss, while some on the right focused on Walker's win and Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene's victory against a crowded field in the state's 11th Congressional District. Some on the right say it's a mistake to write off Trump's influence, especially in primaries without an incumbent.  Kemp, for instance, was able to use his powers to pass legislation that pleased pro-Trump voters, while also rallying the support of state power players in Georgia.

From the Center
Elections, 2022 Elections, Donald Trump, 2022 Georgia Gubernatorial Election, Brian Kemp, David Perdue

The power of Donald Trump’s endorsement took a beating in Georgia's primaries as he failed to dislodge all of the Republican elected officials he targeted, including some he's publicly treated as sworn enemies.

Why it matters: Georgia was Ground Zero for Trump's efforts to overturn the 2020 election. His struggle to elevate candidates in the state who loudly echo his lies about stolen elections cast doubt on the 2020 election's continued salience for GOP voters — and may presage his weakened lock on the party.

Top target Gov. Brian Kemp handily...

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From the Left
Elections, 2022 Elections, 2022 Georgia Gubernatorial Election, Brian Kemp, David Perdue

When Brian Kemp’s top donors huddled with the Georgia governor and his lieutenants at Atlanta’s Capital City Club earlier this year, they had reason to worry that his political career was about to come to an end.

Former President Donald Trump had spent the previous year savaging the Republican governor for refusing to overturn Georgia’s 2020 election results, and he was bent on ousting the governor from office, recruiting and endorsing Kemp’s primary opponent. Few Republicans in recent years had survived Trump’s wrath. But the Kemp team reassured the nearly...

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From the Right
Elections, 2022 Elections, Georgia, Marjorie Taylor Greene

Far-right Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene easily won a crowded Republican primary in Georgia on Tuesday, fending off five challengers and surviving ongoing backlash over her controversial statements and behavior.

The 47-year-old political lightning rod leaned in to her national notoriety to raise millions for her first reelection bid and will now run in the general election to represent the safely Republican 11th Congressional District in the Peach State.

The incumbent held 70.4% of the vote when the race was called with 44% of precincts reporting, according to the Associated Press.

Greene, a Donald...

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