Takeaways from Tuesday’s primary in Georgia, Alabama, Arkansas, and more

Trump’s election deniers have been defeated in a series of primaries against Republican officials who rejected the former president’s lies about stealing the 2020 election — but enacted conservative policies popular with GOP voters.

A deadly shooting at an elementary school in Texas overshadowed Tuesday’s primaries in Georgia, Alabama and Arkansas and the primary runoffs in Texas.

But the results could have repercussions across the Republican Party — forcing Trump to recalculate his participation in intra-party contests, giving candidates the former president disapproved of a roadmap to victory without his support, and offering, if only briefly, a glimpse into a party where Trump’s fights weren’t the things The only important.

Georgia Republicans Reject Trump’s Revenge Effort

Trump spent more than a year vowing payback and promising to enlist and support key rivals, after Georgia Republican officials dismissed his lies about the fraud that cost him the 2020 election there.

On Tuesday, the Republicans targeted by the former president not only triumphed – they crushed their Trump-backed opponents.

Government. Brian Kemp defeated his former senator rival. David Purdue by 50 percentage points. Secretary of State Brad Ravensberger has taken on a tougher challenge from the Rep. Judy Hayes. And Attorney General Chris Carr easily dispatched attorney John Gordon.

It was Trump’s most embarrassing initial presentation to date, and showed that while Trump remains the dominant figure in the Republican Party, able to steer results in some open seat races, there are limits to his influence — and many Republican voters are willing to ignore that. wishes of the former president.

“Conservatives in our state haven’t listened to the noise,” Kemp said at his win at the College Football Hall of Fame in Atlanta on Tuesday evening. “They were not distracted. They knew our record of fighting and winning for hard-working Georgians.”

Georgia becomes the center of the political world again

Hotly contested governor rematch and star-studded Senate standoff: Tuesday’s primary made clear that Georgia, as in 2020, will be the center of the political world in 2022.

Kemp prepares for a rematch against Stacey Abrams, the former state legislature who rose to the national lead during and after her impending failure against Kemp in the 2018 governor’s race.

The pressure is on Abrams, who now has to prove that her strong performance in 2018, in a fitting year for Democrats, was not a major milestone in her political career. It surprised some with its strength four years ago – something that won’t happen in November after four years on the national stage – but its political process is also much more developed.

Meanwhile, now that former soccer star Herschel Walker is officially a Republican candidate for the Georgia Senate, he will face the Democratic senator. Raphael Warnock, whose election in a runoff in early 2021 helped give Democrats their weakest Senate majority.

The race will be costly — Warnock has turned into a fundraising powerhouse and Republicans have shown a willingness to spend millions on Walker — but it will go a long way to determining which party controls the Senate over the next two years.

Right down to the wires in South Texas

Runoff between MPs. Henry Cuellar, the only remaining anti-abortion Democrat in the House, and progressive contender Jessica Cisneros teeter on as the final votes approach.

Regardless of who ultimately wins, their close rivalry offers a preview of Democrats’ upcoming battles within the party — particularly over whether support for abortion rights should be a key test for candidates, and the effect of outside money on the party’s primary.

Cuellar’s victory would also underscore the continuing divide between the moderate leadership in the House of Representatives and the young progressive Democrats in their ranks.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Majority Leader Steny Hoyer and Representative of South Carolina. James Cleburn, who traveled to Texas to campaign for Cuellar, sided with the congressman despite frustration with pro-abortion voters — and as crystallized in a series of tweets late Tuesday night — progressive lawmakers like the New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

Ocasio-Cortez wrote: “On the day of the mass shooting and weeks after news of Rowe, the Democratic leadership rallied for a pro-anti-choice body to be investigated in an upcoming primaries. They described their support for Cuellar as a “leadership fiasco.”

The Bush dynasty falls to the Trumps from Texas

Two-term Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, bolstered by Trump’s endorsement after he led a lawsuit that sought to nullify the 2020 election, has made short work of Texas Commissioner George B. Bush in the Republican primary runoff.

The result, though unsurprising, still registers as a decisive blow against the Bush political family.

George B. Bush, son of a former Florida governor. Jeb Bush, nephew of former President George W. Bush and grandson of former President George W. Bush Sr. fought his way into the run-off – then lost to an incumbent who was indicted for alleged securities fraud and accused by his staff of abuse of power.

But Paxton, who addressed the pro-Trump crowd in Washington Jan. 6, 2021, before storming the U.S. Capitol, never seemed to lose out on what was initially a four-way race.

Alabama Senate race advances to runoff

The Alabama Senate candidate that Trump backed off advances to a runoff.

In the Republican primary to replace the retired Mon. Richard Shelby, Shelby’s former chief of staff and CEO of Alabama Business Council Katie Brett led the group, but failed to achieve the 50% required to avoid a runoff.

In second place, set to be balanced with Brett in the run-off, is MP. Moe Brooks – The staunch conservative congressman whom Trump had previously endorsed. But when Brooks fell in the polls months before the primaries, Trump rescinded his endorsement.

Trump claimed that he withdrew his support for Brooks because he “wake up” by suggesting that Republicans look to 2022 and 2024, rather than focus on Trump’s complaints about the 2020 elections, however, anti-abortion organizations and other Republicans, including the Texas senator. Ted Cruz and Kentucky age. Rand Paul, stuck with the Alabama congressman.

The winner of the June 21 run-off is sure to win in November in the deep red state.

Sanders is one step away from the Arkansas Governor’s mansion

Sarah Huckabee Sanders, a former press secretary for Trump’s White House, is close to becoming part of the first father-daughter group to lead the same state — albeit years apart — and back to the governor’s mansion in which she grew up.

CNN on Tuesday expected Sanders, the daughter of the former Arkansas governor. Mike Huckabee, will win the Republican primary for governor of the natural state. The win was expected after Sanders was largely cleared of the field, forcing Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge and Arkansas Lieutenant General. Government. Griffin team to finish their campaigns.

Sanders’ victory is a win for Trump, who has backed his former press secretary, and puts her close to a certain victory in November: even though Arkansas has voted Democrats in the past — see: ex-governor. Bill Clinton – The country has moved much more to the right in recent decades.

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