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Five takeaways from primaries in Georgia, Alabama and beyond

Five takeaways from primaries in Georgia, Alabama and beyond

Tuesday marked yet another eventful primary night with former President Doanld Trump’s political brand once again being put to the test.

Trump’s endorsement suffered a major loss in Georgia’s gubernatorial race with incumbent Brian Kemp’s (R ) victory over former Sen. David Perdue (R-Ga.). On the Democratic side, the runoff between incumbent Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-Texas) and progressive activist Jessica Cisneros remained razor-thin going into midnight.

The contests were largely overshadowed in the news media by the elementary school shooting in Uvalde, Texas, which left at least 19 people dead. Candidates from both parties reacted to news of the shooting, but the primary contests continued in a number of states including Texas.

Here are five takeaways from Tuesday’s primaries.

A resounding defeat for Trump in Georgia

Out of all the states that have held primaries so far this year, Georgia dealt Trump perhaps the biggest blow.

His preferred candidate in the GOP gubernatorial primary, former Sen. David Perdue (R-Ga.), was easily dispatched by Gov. Brian Kemp despite Trump’s best efforts to oust him.

Georgia Republican voters also delivered a resounding rejection of John Gordon, Trump’s endorsed candidate in the GOP primary for state attorney general, renominating incumbent Chris Carr for a second term.

Meanwhile, in the GOP primary for secretary of state, incumbent Brad Raffensperger, defeated his Trump-backed challenger, Rep. Jody Hice (R-Ga.), scoring an outright win and avoiding a potentially chaotic June primary runoff.

And while he appears to be headed toward a June primary runoff, former Georgia state Rep. Vernon Jones, whom Trump lured out of the governor’s race with the promise of endorsing him for a congressional seat instead, isn’t poised for a first-place finish in the GOP nominating contest in the state’s 10th congressional district.

The string of defeats in Georgia only adds to Trump’s woes in the state after his 2020 electoral loss there to President Biden. But they’re also likely to raise further questions about his status as a Republican kingmaker and just how far GOP voters are willing to go to strengthen his grip over the party and its candidates.

Voters reject proponents of Trump’s election claims

If Trump has made one thing clear since leaving Washington last year, it’s that any candidate who wants his endorsement will also have to further his claims that widespread voter fraud robbed him of a second term in the White House.

In Georgia, however, voters weren’t as inclined to side with Trump on that issue as he had hoped.

Republicans overwhelmingly rejected Perdue’s challenge to Kemp despite his frequent willingness on the campaign trail to resurface and relitigate the 2020 election and Trump’s baseless claims of voter fraud.

The same was true in the GOP primary for state attorney general. Carr drew Trump’s ire in the wake of the…

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