- NBC News estimated it was too early to take a call on when voting closes in the Republican primary election for governor in Georgia.
- Brian Kemp of the incumbent government was backed to defeat former US Senator David Perdue, backed by former President Donald Trump.
- The Republican leading the general election will face progressive Democrat Stacey Abrams, who lost to Kemp in the 2018 gubernatorial contest.
Stacey Abrams will win the Democratic primary for governor in Georgia, while it is too early to call the Republican gubernatorial primary when voting closes on Tuesday evening, NBC News predicted.
Incumbent Republican Governor Brian Kemp was backed by former US Senator David Perdue, backed by former President Donald Trump.
The GOP candidate who advances to the general election will face Abrams, the progressive Democrat who lost to Kemp in the 2018 gubernatorial contest.
If no candidate wins a majority of the vote, the two front-runners will compete in a runoff election in late June.
Kemp earned Trump’s ire by attesting to President Joe Biden’s victory over Trump in Georgia in the 2020 election, making Biden the first Democratic presidential candidate to win the state in decades. Trump has falsely claimed that that race and others against him were rigged through widespread voter fraud. He pushed Kemp to take steps to reverse Georgia’s election results, but the governor refused.
Trump rap. Jody Haise also endorsed R-Ga., who contested the primary against Republican Secretary of State Brad Riffensperger, one of Trump’s alleged enemies. Riffensperger turned down Trump’s request to “find” enough votes to win in Georgia in 2020.
Perdue and Hiss have both echoed Trump’s election claims. A review of ballots conducted by state and federal officials found no evidence of widespread voter fraud; Trump’s Attorney General at the time, William Barr, also reached the same conclusion. Dozens of lawsuits filed by Trump and his allies failed to change any state’s election results.
The primary race in Georgia, a swing state that voted Biden in the 2020 presidential election, is the biggest test to date of Trump’s lasting impact on the Republican Party.
Trump has touted the fact that most of the candidates he supported in the 2022 election cycle have won their primaries, although many of those races were not competitive. Fifteen months after his single term in the White House, the former president maintained his position as the de facto leader of the GOP. Several Republican primary candidates have tried to appeal to party grounds by talking about their pro-Trump credentials, even though the former president did not endorse them.
Primary elections will set the table for the November midterm, when Republicans hope to win majority control of the House and Senate. Democrats are fighting upward: The president’s party underperforms in the midterm elections, and the lead in the primaries has been marked by high inflation and low approval ratings for Biden.
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