Like Cheney and Murkowski, Kemp was bullied by Trump for his resistance to the former president’s efforts to overturn the 2020 election results. engaged in campaigning against him, claimed he was “ashamed“He endorsed Kemp in 2018 and recruited former senator David Perdue to run against him this year.
But Kemp always seemed to have the upper hand in Georgia. Even last year, when Republican activists in the state booed Kemp at their state convention, they stopped censoring him. And Kemp has consistently outpaced Perdue in his campaign for re-election.
In an Atlanta Journal-Constitution poll last week, Kemp led Perdue 53% to 27%. An 11Alive/Survey USA poll put Kemp within a similar margin – 56% to 31%. At this rate, Kemp could not only beat Perdue on May 24, but could also exceed the 50% threshold required to avoid a runoff – a stunning rebuke of Trump’s influence on the party.
On Monday, Kemp’s campaign announced that he had raised $2.7 million within 26 days of the end of Georgia’s legislative session, in which Kemp was barred by state law. to raise funds. He has $10.7 million in cash.
Fundraising with Bush this month will put Kemp in front of an influential room of Texas donors just days before Georgia’s May 24 primary. Hosts for the May 16 event include Crow; Jim Francis, a prominent consolidator from Texas; Republican strategist Karl Rove; and Ross Perot, Jr., son of the former presidential candidate.
Tickets for a VIP reception are $15,200, while the general reception is $5,000.
Bush, though largely reluctant to criticize Trump directly, did so implicitly last year, when he lamented a modern GOP that he said had become “isolationist, protectionist and, to some extent, nativist.”
Trump has been less reserved, going back nearly a decade to 2013 when he wrote of the Bush family that “we need another Bush in power as much as we need Obama. for a third term. In the 2016 primaries, he defeated Jeb Bush, the “low-energy” former Florida governor, and he called Jeb Bush’s son, George P. Bush, “the only Bush who loves me.” , after he, the Texas land commissioner, parted ways with much of his family to endorse Trump.
Even then, Trump endorsed the re-election of Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton.
Multiple polls since the 2020 election have shown Republicans overwhelmingly believe Trump’s false claims that the 2020 election was rigged, and pro-Trump activists in Georgia have strongly joined Trump in their criticism of Kemp.
But Trump and Perdue may have overstated the wider ripple effect of Trump’s baseless claims about the midterm elections in one of the nation’s most important swing states.
In the 11Alive/Survey USA poll, Perdue led Kemp by a wide margin among voters who said “election integrity” is their top issue. But that only represented 5% of voters. Far more Republicans, according to the poll, are most concerned about the economy. And Trump’s support for Purdue hasn’t had the effect Purdue supporters expected, as he continues to trail Kemp in public polls.