Primaries 2022 – live: Polls close in Georgia as candidates put Trump’s endorsement to the test

Mo Brooks uses footage of himself in aftermath of mass shooting in campaign ad

Key primaries in several US states today will see high-profile Republican candidates facing off against each other and in some cases trying to triumph over rivals endorsed by Donald Trump.

In Georgia, incumbent Governor Brian Kemp looks set to cruise to victory over his main challenger, Trump endorsee and former senator David Perdue, whose campaign has failed to catch fire despite the ex-president’s loud interventions. Mike Pence has been campaigning for Mr Kemp.

The state’s GOP senate primary, meanwhile, is almost certain to see the nomination of controversial ex-footballer Herschel Walker, a very popular grassroots figure whose sometimes erratic behaviour, business dealings and history of personal problems have left some Republicans worried. Also on the ballot is Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene, whose grassroots popularity and massive campaign fundraising are expected to give her a clear path to re-election.

And in Alabama, Congressman Mo Brooks looks to be making a comeback in the Republican senate race despite having lost Mr Trump’s endorsement earlier this year. At the time he was sinking in the polls, and also called on his supporters to start “moving on” from the 2020 election, thus provoking Mr Trump’s disdain.


Marjorie Taylor Greene reacts to Uvalde shooting with rallying cry against gun control

“America is failing our youngest generations from decades of rejecting good moral values and teachings,” the freshman House member, up for reelection in a GOP primary on Tuesday, wrote in a tweet. “We don’t need more gun control. We need to return to God.”

Read more from The Independent’s John Bowden:

John Bowden25 May 2022 00:09


Marjorie Taylor Greene faces crucial test

Rep Marjorie Taylor Greene, the conspiracy-spewing congresswoman stripped of her committee memberships for comments about violence against Democrats, is up for renomination to the US House on Tuesday.

She faces a wide primary field in Georgia’s 14 district, which was recently redrawn to include more left-leaning areas of the state in Cobb County.

The district is one of the least-polled in the country, and therefore is hard to predict. But Ms Greene has a crucial incumbency advantage, and has avoided earning the ire of any members of Georgia’s congressional delegation, a lesson her fellow far-right House member Madison Cawthorn failed to heed in North Carolina.

John Bowden24 May 2022 22:42


Mo Brooks grilled by reporter on January 6 subpoena

Rep Mo Brooks, who is surging in the polls and could be headed to victory or a runoff Tuesday in Alabama’s US Senate primary, battled with an MSNBC reporter over his participation in the January 6 committee’s investigation.

John Bowden24 May 2022 22:08


ICYMI: Meet Herschel Walker, the man who will likely take on Raphael Warnock

Herschel Walker, the three-time Heisman trophy winner, had far from your typical path to Tuesday’s Republican Senate primary in Georgia.

But he stands to advance to November’s general election regardless, thanks in no small part due to the endorsement of Donald Trump.

Learn more about the man likely to become the GOP’s next US Senate nominee in Georgia:

John Bowden24 May 2022 19:50


ICYMI: Georgia is test for Donald Trump, one he may fail

Georgia’s primary elections represent a dual test for Donald Trump: On one hand, he is hoping to see Herschel Walker, his favoured US Senate candidate, prevail in the primary election to determine who will challenge Raphael Warnock in November.

On the other hand, he is also hoping for a victory by David Perdue in the governor’s race, an outcome that has grown increasingly unlikely as the Trump-endorsed candidate has slipped further behind incumbent Gov Brian Kemp in the polls.

As a result, Tuesday could be the first major example of Donald Trump failing to oust a state-level GOP official who broke with him during his efforts to overturn the 2020 election.

John Bowden24 May 2022 18:36


Analysis: Democrats row in public in Texas, Georgia and beyond

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Andrew Naughtie24 May 2022 16:50


Herschel Walker says he’s never heard Trump say the election was stolen

Herschel Walker looks set to be the Republican nominee to take on Georgia Senator Raphael Warnock in November, but many Republicans are worried about his habit of making odd statements in public that scramble his own and his party’s campaign narrative.

Among those is this resurfaced clip in which Mr Walker claims he has never heard Donald Trump say the 2020 election was stolen – the entire basis for the ex-president’s endorsement of David Perdue in the simultaneous governor’s race.

Andrew Naughtie24 May 2022 16:21


Trump offers Perdue last-minute boost

As turnout in Georgia’s primary reportedly runs high, Donald Trump has blasted out an email reiterating his endorsement of David Perdue, whom the polls say is set to lose heavily in his challenge to incumbent Brian Kemp.

Here’s the former president’s message:

David Perdue is a Conservative fighter who isn’t afraid of the Radical Left, and is the only candidate in Georgia who can beat Stacey “The Hoax” Abrams in November.  Brian Kemp has failed Georgia.  He caved to Stacey Abrams before the 2020 Election and allowed massive Election Fraud to take place.  The signing of the Stacey Abrams-backed Consent Decree, so stupidly giving her and the Democrats everything they wanted, was a monumental mistake for not only Georgia, but also for our Nation!

Kemp has been a very weak Governor—the liberals and RINOs have run all over him on Election Integrity, and more.  Most importantly, he can’t win because the MAGA base—which is enormous—will never vote for him.  We need strong leaders who will fight, and time is running out!  David Perdue will eliminate the Income Tax, secure the Elections, defend the Second Amendment, support our great Farmers, get crime in Atlanta and other places under control, take care of our great Vets, and put parents back in charge of the schools.

David Perdue and Herschel Walker (who I have already strongly endorsed) will make an unstoppable team for Georgia. Trump supporters will turn out to vote for these great leaders in big numbers.  David Perdue has my Complete and Total Endorsement.  He will not let you down!

Andrew Naughtie24 May 2022 15:30


Marjorie Taylor Greene set to hang on as challengers make little headway

Far-right Georgia Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene is one of the highest-profile Republicans facing a primary today, but her race has gotten little attention. That’s partly because none of her five challengers is particularly well known, but more because her incredible fundraising power (she’s raked in $9.2m this cycle) makes her the envy of candidates across the country.

Andrew Naughtie24 May 2022 15:00


Pence to North Carolina

Fresh off his appearance with Georgia’s Brian Kemp, a Trump target who looks set to survive, Mike Pence is continuing his campaign roadshow by stumping for North Carolina’s Tedd Budd, the GOP nominee for the state’s open Senate seat.

Unlike Mr Kemp, Mr Budd had Mr Trump’s backing over former governor Pat McCrory. The seat is crucial to Republicans’ efforts to retake the Senate.

Andrew Naughtie24 May 2022 14:33


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