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Former President Donald Trump’s power as the Republican kingmaker is under question more than ever after a disappointing night for many of his backed candidates in Georgia, highlighted by heavy losses in the GOP gubernatorial primaries, but Trump Wednesday claimed “a huge and successful evening of political support.”

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Incumbent Gov. Brian Kemp defeated Trump-backed former Sen. David Perdue for governor by a 73.7% to 21.8% margin in the GOP primary, one of the most high-profile races of the midterm primary season.

Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, who was asked by Trump to find votes to reverse the election results, also faced a Republican primary challenger, winning by nearly 19 percentage points from Trump-backed rival Rep.

Down ballot, Attorney General Chris Carr (R) outshined his Trump-backed challenger by more than 45 percentage points, while Trump’s choice for insurance commissioner attracted less than 17% of the vote in the GOP primary.

Trump’s two picks for open seats in Congress in Georgia will lead to a runoff in the GOP primary – both candidates finished second in the first round of voting.

A bright spot for Trump in Georgia was former football star Herschelle Walker running to victory in the GOP Senate primary by nearly 55 percentage points—but vote indicated before the election that he would win even more.