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Trump Suffers Setbacks in Georgia


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Former President Donald Trump went all in for candidates up and down the ballot in Georgia's Tuesday primary election, but is on track to have what might be the worst night so far of his post-presidency. 

Governor

Trump personally recruited former Sen. David Perdue, who represented the Peach State for a single term, to run against incumbent Republican Governor Brian Kemp--and poured $2.5M into his campaign--only to see him collect a little over 22% of the vote as of 11:00pm Tuesday night. 

Kemp, who drew Trump's ire after dismissing his claims of fraud in the 2020 election, appeared on track to win every county in the state by a sizable margin, and was leading by roughly 50 points with over two-thirds of ballots counted. 

Secretary of State

Vocal Trump supporter U.S. Rep. Jody Hice (R-Ga.) made a high-profile bid with the former president's backing to unseat incumbent GOP Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, who Trump blamed for his 2020 loss in Georgia after Raffensperger rebuffed the then-president's request to "find" more votes, but it was unclear by the end of election night if he had drawn enough support to force a June runoff.

With nearly 83% of ballots counted, the incumbent was sitting at 51.3% of the vote, slightly above the 50% threshold needed to avoid a second round matchup. Hice was running a distant second, winning approximately one-third of votes cast. It is unclear who would be favored in a runoff scenario, though the third-place candidate, David Belle Isle, is more closely-aligned with Hice's platform than Raffensperger's, and has targeted the latter throughout the campaign. 

Attorney General

As with the gubernatorial and Secretary of State races, Trump endorsed a challenger to the sitting state Attorney General, Republican Chris Carr. Carr trounced that challenger, John Gordon, by a 45-point margin and had won or was leading in every county reporting as of Tuesday night. 

 

It wasn't all bad news for Trump in the Peach State, however. His preferred candidate for Senate, former NFL star Herschel Walker, won a decisive victory over state Agriculture Commissioner Gary Black in the GOP primary, and endorsee Burt Jones was in the driver's seat in the race for Lt. Governor with slightly over 50% of the vote at last count. 

 

On the Democratic side, 2018 nominee Stacey Abrams was unopposed in the gubernatorial primary, while incumbent Sen. Raphael Warnock faced only token opposition and cruised to renomination in his race. Jen Jordan, a state senator, won her party's nod for Attorney General. Several other Democratic contests, including those for Secretary of State and Lt. Governor, were too close to call. 

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