Stacey Abrams Wins Governor’s Primary in Georgia’s Democratic Primary; GOP primaries are too early, NBC News Project

Governor Brian Kemp welcomes attendees at a campaign event in Alpharetta, Georgia on May 17, 2022.

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Georgia Republican governor Brian Kemp was expected to win the party’s nomination for re-election on Tuesday, defeating former Senator David Perdue, former President Donald Trump’s favorite candidate.

According to NBC News, Kemp expects to face Democrat Stacey Abrams in a rematch for the governor’s primary, which he narrowly lost to in 2018.

Kemp angered Trump by proving that in the 2020 presidential election, President Joe Biden defeated Trump in Georgia and became the first Democratic presidential candidate to win a state victory in decades. Trump falsely claimed that people of that race and other were manipulated against him through widespread voter fraud. He urged Kemp to take action to overturn Georgia’s election results, but the governor refused.

Trump also backed R-Ga member Jody Hice, who made a major challenge to Republican Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, seen as another enemy of Trump. Raffensperger has turned down Trump’s request to “find” enough votes in Georgia to allow him to win in 2020.

Both Perdue and Hice reflected Trump’s election claims. A review of ballots conducted by state and federal officials found no evidence of widespread voter fraud. William Barr, then Trump’s Attorney General, came to the same conclusion. Dozens of lawsuits filed by Trump and his allies have not changed the outcome of any state’s elections.

Georgia’s primary primary, the swing state that narrowly voted for Biden in the 2020 presidential election, is also the biggest test of Trump’s lasting influence over the Republican Party.

Trump highlighted the fact that most of the candidates he supported in the 2022 presidential election won the primary, but many of them were not very competitive. After 15 months of a single term at the White House, the former president maintained his position as the de facto leader of the GOP. Many Republican candidates have tried to appeal to the party’s foundation by speaking of pro-Trump status, even though the former president did not support it.

The primary will set the table for the November midterm elections, where Republicans hope to win a majority in the House and Senate. Democrats are struggling. The president’s party tends to underperform in midterm elections, partly due to high inflation and low support for Biden ahead of the primary.

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