Primary Election: Georgia GOP Voters Reject More of Trump’s Primary, While a Late Election Prevails in Alabama



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Another election day in Georgia has brought yet another round of defeats for former President Donald Trump and his chosen Republican candidates.

Trump’s politics remain firmly entrenched — and deeply influential — in almost every Republican election across the country, but the measure of his personal influence has taken a hit so far this primary season.

Alabamans elected the Republican they endorsed just 10 days ago in a high-stakes Senate primary runoff decided Tuesday, but the limits of Trump’s power were clear in Georgia, a state he lost in 2020, where Republican voters have given him a series of embarrassing rebukes in primaries for this year’s midterms.

The latest blows came Tuesday in a pair of US House of Representatives primaries.

In the 10th congressional district, CNN projects Kemp-backed businessman Mike Collins, son of the late US Rep. Mac Collins, will defeat former Democratic state Rep. Vernon Jones, who was endorsed by Trump. The race provided the closest thing to a clear proxy battle between Trump and Kemp, and Collins, though an arch-conservative aligned with the former president, is on course for a comfortable victory.

Trump’s pick, Jake Evans, the former chairman of the State Ethics Commission, will also fall to emergency room doctor Rich McCormick in the sixth congressional district runoff, CNN projects.

Trump stayed out of the race in Southwest Georgia’s 2nd District, for three decades the unchallenged province of Democratic Rep. Sanford Bishop, a centrist member of the “Blue Dog” caucus. Jeremy Hunt, a West Point graduate and frequent Fox guest, and attorney Chris West, a former Georgia Air National Guard officer, are vying for the chance to unseat an incumbent suddenly in jeopardy.

The largely rural district is a black plurality and Hunt, who is black, has become a national Republican darling, with the National Republican Congressional Committee highlighting him as an up-and-comer and former South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley joined him in the campaign. path.

Earlier this spring, Georgia Governor Brian Kemp and Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, who rebuked Trump’s pleas to help him nullify the 2020 presidential election, defeated the Trump-backed primary.

CNN projected Tuesday that state Rep. Bee Nguyen will face Raffensperger in the fall.

Trump scored a victory of sorts in Alabama on Tuesday, where CNN projects Katie Britt, the former chief of staff to retiring Republican Sen. Richard Shelby, will win the runoff of the Republican Senate primary.

He will defeat Rep. Mo Brooks, or “MAGA Mo,” as he calls himself, after Britt narrowly missed out on the nomination on May 24. Trump initially endorsed Brooks in the primary, then dropped in March, citing Brooks’ comments about passing the 2020 election.

But Brooks’ struggles in the polls were also believed to have influenced Trump, who closely follows his column of sponsorship wins in the primary. So it was no surprise that the former president returned to the race 10 days ago, this time to support Britt, a Republican establishment favorite who finished the first round of the primary with more than 44% of the vote.

The battle lines are clearer in Virginia, as Republicans in two key US House districts chose the candidates they hope to unseat a pair of endangered Democrats this fall.

In the 2nd seaside congressional district, CNN projects that state Sen. Jen Kiggans has secured a showdown with incumbent Democratic Rep. Elaine Luria. Kiggans, who fits a more traditional Republican profile and had the backing of congressional Republican leaders in his primaries, will defeat three others, including Jarome Bell, who was more closely aligned with Trump’s right-wing allies, including former adviser Trump’s national security officer, Michael. Flynn and Arizona Rep. Paul Gosar. In a tweet last year, Bell called for the execution of “everyone involved” in Trump’s imaginary voter fraud by 2020. There is no evidence of widespread voter fraud.

Virginia’s 7th district became more favorable to Democrats after redistricting. Whether that will be enough to save Rep. Abigail Spanberger, who does not face a primary challenge, in November is less clear, especially in the state where backlash against Democratic rule in Washington made its first headlines last year with victory. of Republican Glenn Youngkin. in the governor’s race.

CNN projects Prince William County Supervisor Yesli Vega will win the Republican nomination in District 7. She had the backing of Ginni Thomas, a conservative activist who is the wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas and Sen. Texas Ted Cruz.

Vega emerged from the field of six candidates, defeating state Sen. Bryce Reeves, who was supported by Utah Sen. Mike Lee, the political arm of FreedomWorks and the campaign arm of the National Rifle Association; Derrick Anderson, a retired Green Beret endorsed by Arkansas Senator Tom Cotton; and Stafford County Board President Crystal Vanuch.

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams’ influence with Georgia Democrats was further cemented Tuesday, as at least two of her endorsed state candidates won their primaries.

Nguyen, the daughter of Vietnamese immigrants backed by Abrams, pushed through despite comments from her rival, former state Rep. Dee Dawkins-Haigler, that the Democratic Party has “a racial problem” and that institutional support to Nguyen was part of a bid to diversify his ballot and appeal to white voters. Dawkins-Haigler, like Abrams, is black.

CNN also projects that in the second round of the primary for lieutenant governor, another Abrams backer, Charlie Bailey, will defeat Kwanza Hall, a better-known candidate who briefly served as a member of Congress in the late Rep. John Lewis’s district. Abrams also endorsed state Rep. William Boddie in his race against businesswoman Nicole Horn in the second round of the labor commissioner primary.

Washington, DC, was also a political battleground in the Democratic mayoral primary. Two-term mayor Muriel Bowser will win the nomination again, CNN projects, defeating three challengers: DC Council members Robert White and Trayon White, along with James Butler, who finished second in the 2018 primary, by about 70 percentage points. behind Bowser.

This story has been updated with additional developments.

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