Georgia 2022 Primary Election Results

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia takes center stage in Tuesday’s primary election as Gov. Brian Kemp and Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger try to fend off challengers backed by former President Donald Trump, who seek to revenge for his defeat in the 2020 election in the state.

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U.S. Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia is testing Republican voters’ tolerance for controversy in her primary. On the Democratic side, U.S. Rep. Lucy McBath and U.S. Rep. Carolyn Bourdeaux face off after McBath changed districts due to a redistricting.

Trump’s desire for revenge fueled key challenges from Kemp and Raffensperger, who both defied his push to overturn the results of Georgia’s 2020 presidential election.

Trump recruited former U.S. Senator David Perdue to face Kemp for the Republican gubernatorial nomination, but Perdue has fallen behind in the polls and fundraising. Kemp is increasingly confident the GOP will send him to a November rematch with Stacey Abrams, who is unopposed for the Democratic nomination.

Raffensperger, the state’s top election official, faces a tough challenge from U.S. Representative Jody Hice, who has promoted Trump’s lies that widespread voter fraud or tampering cost him the election of 2020.

Trump’s U.S. Senate nominee, football legend Herschel Walker, appears headed for the Republican nomination despite some GOP leaders warning that Walker will be ineligible in November against Democratic incumbent Raphael Warnock. Walker was accused of threatening the life of his ex-wife, exaggerating his professional record and lying about graduating from the University of Georgia.

Greene, a political lightning rod, tries to ward off several Republican challengers. The Trump-backed firebrand was stripped of his committee assignments last year due to racist remarks, his endorsement of conspiracy theories and a past endorsement of violence. A group of voters tried unsuccessfully to eliminate him from the ballot, accusing him of helping foment the January 6 insurrection at the United States Capitol.

In the Atlanta area, an unfavorable new district led Rep. McBath to run in a Democratic primary against fellow Rep. Bourdeaux. McBath said his drive to stay in Congress is to fight for gun safety on behalf of his son Jordan, who was killed in a shooting 10 years ago.


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