Primary elections in Georgia, Alabama, runoff in Texas
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Brad Raffensperger bests Trump-backed challenger
Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger will handily defeat Trump-backed challenger Rep. Jody Hice in the GOP primary for secretary of State, the Associated Press projects.
It appears Raffensperger will avoid a runoff, as he leads with 52% of the vote (above the 50% threshold to avoid a runoff). Hice came in a distant second with 33.6%, with 94.4% of votes counted.
Britt and Brooks to face off in Alabama Senate runoff, after no candidate reaches 50%
Former Senate staffer Katie Britt and Rep. Mo Brooks, R-Ala., will face off next month in a runoff for Alabama’s Republican nomination for U.S. Senate, the Associated Press projects.
Britt holds a commanding lead in the primary day votes, but will not reach the 50% threshold necessary to avoid a runoff. Brooks, meanwhile, leads veteran Mike Durant by enough to secure a second-place finish and a matchup against Britt that will likely decide Alabama’s next U.S. senator.
“It is clear tonight that Alabamians want new blood. Yes. They want someone to go to Washington, DC and shake it up,” Britt said to supporters, according to Fox News’ Ben Florence.
“Two months ago, the experts declared our campaign dead in the water,” Brooks said. “Today? Call me Lazarus! Back from the dead, resurrected by Alabama citizens who figured out who the real MAGA conservative is, and voted for America First. Thank you!”
Trump spokesman touts ‘huge victories’ for endorsed candidates, despite major loss in Georgia
Former President Donald Trump’s spokesman Taylor Budowich Tuesday touted the strength of Trump’s endorsement, even as one of his biggest foes in the Republican Party beat a Trump-backed opponent.
“President Trump is continuing to win everywhere after having another huge night of victories for his endorsed candidates,” Budowich said according to Fox News’ Paul Steinhauser. “Americans are clearly united around restoring the leadership and policies of President Trump in 2022 and beyond.”
Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp, who resisted Trump’s efforts to overturn the 2020 presidential election, Tuesday handily beat former Sen. David Perdue, the former president’s handpicked candidate to challenge the governor. Kemp’s win was the biggest so far by a GOP candidate running against a Trump-endorsed opponent.
Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, who also fought against Trump’s false claims the presidential election was stolen in 2020, also leads his race over Rep. Jody Hice, R-Ga., who Trump endorsed. That race was not yet called as of 11 p.m. Tuesday.
Trump’s record on endorsements in Republican primaries is still stellar, however.
As of May 18, 96% of Trump-supported candidates won their primaries. Just this year, Trump’s endorsement powered Ohio GOP Senate nominee JD Vance to a major comeback victory last month and set Pennsylvania senate candidate Mehmet Oz up as a frontrunner in his race, which isn’t yet called a week after the primary.
Kemp says ‘battle is far from over,’ says he wants to block Abrams from being governor, president
GOP Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp Tuesday told supporters at his victory party that after his primary victory over former Sen. David Perdue, the real fight is beginning against Democrat nominee Stacey Abrams
“Our battle is far from over,” he said. “Tonight, the fight for the soul of our state begins to make sure that Stacey Abrams is not going to be our governor or the next president.”
Lucy McBath beats Carolyn Bourdeaux in member-on-member Georgia House Democrat primary
Rep. Lucy McBath, D-Ga., beat Rep. Carolyn Bourdeaux, D-Ga., in a member-on-member primary in Georgia Tuesday, the Associated Press projects, making Bourdeaux the latest incumbent casualty of the midterms.
Due to redistricting in Georgia, McBath was forced out of her district and into a face-off with Bourdeaux.
Bourdeaux is a member of the moderate Blue Dog Coalition, and her loss will slightly weaken the strength of moderate House Democrats in Congress.
Sarah Sanders wins Republican nomination for Arkansas governor
Former White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders is projected to win the Arkansas Republican gubernatorial primary, the Associated Press projects.
Endorsed early on in the race by former President Trump, Sanders is hoping to replace incumbent Gov. Asa Hutchinson, who is term-limited and has served as governor of the state since 2015.
To read more from Fox News’ Kyle Morris, click here
Trump-backed Ken Paxton wins Texas AG primary, leaving last Bush in elected office without a job
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton Tuesday successfully fought off a primary challenge from Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush, meaning the last member of the Bush political dynasty in elected office will soon be without a job.
Paxton’s victory, projected by the Associated Press, is also a victory for former President Donald Trump, who endorsed the attorney general for reelection. Trump saw his picks in Georgia’s governor race and secretary of state race lose earlier Tuesday night.
Paxton is best known nationally for trying to legally upend the 2020 presidential election results and for his aggressive actions in taking on President Biden’s administration in court. But he is saddled with a slew of corruption allegations as he seeks a third four-year term as Texas attorney general.
To read more from Fox News’ Paul Steinhauser and Tyler Olson, click here
Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene wins primary after establishment-backed primary challenge
Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, R-Ga., Tuesday won the GOP nomination for her seat after an establishment-backed primary challenge from businesswoman Jennifer Strahan.
Greene earned significant criticism from many in the GOP for her past controversial comments, including some which were anti-Semitic. Greene has apologized for many of her past comments, but nevertheless was removed from her House committees by congressional Democrats.
Strahan was backed by the Republican Jewish Coalition and other establishment DC figures like Sen. Bill Cassidy, R-La. But that wasn’t enough to power her over the firebrand Trump-supporter Greene in her deep-red north Georgia district.
In Arkansas, Sarah Sanders favored to win GOP nomination and Boozman hopes to retain Senate seat
Polls in Arkansas have closed as former White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders is favored to win the GOP nomination for governor and incumbent Sen. John Boozman hopes to fend off his primary challengers in a contentious race.
Endorsed early on in the race by former President Trump, Sanders hopes to clinch her party’s nomination in an attempt to replace incumbent Gov. Asa Hutchinson, who is term-limited and has served as governor of the state since 2015.
Ahead of Tuesday’s election, Sanders, who announced she was running for governor in January 2021, consistently polled ahead of Francis “Doc” Washburn, her primary challenger. Washburn is a former radio talk show host who now has his own national podcast.
To read more from Fox News’ Kyle Morris, click here
Kemp beats Perdue in Georgia governor primary, striking blow to Trump endorsement power
Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp Tuesday beat former Sen. David Perdue in a GOP gubernatorial primary, striking the most significant blow yet to a candidate endorsed by former President Donald Trump.
Kemp’s victory over Perdue, projected by the Associated Press, breaks a trend of significant success for Trump with his primary endorsements. As of May 18, 96% of Trump-supported candidates won their primaries. Trump’s endorsement powered Ohio GOP Senate nominee JD Vance to a major comeback victory last month and set Pennsylvania senate candidate Mehmet Oz up as a frontrunner in his race, which isn’t yet called a week after the primary.
But now Kemp, one of the Republicans Trump has attacked the most since 2020, is headed to a general election matchup against Democrat Stacey Abrams and Perdue is out of public office for now.
“I just called the governor and I congratulated him,” Perdue said Tuesday. “I am fully supporting Brian Kemp…tomorrow morning you are going to hear me going to work…to make damn sure Stacey Abrams is not the next governor of Georgia.”
To read more from Fox News’ Tyler Olson and Paul Steinhauser, click here
Facing corruption allegations, Paxton seeks to fend off primary challenge from George P. Bush
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton is facing primary challenge from George P. Bush on Tuesday in the Republican primary runoff for the Lone Star state’s top law enforcement officer.
Paxton, who is backed by former President Donald Trump, is known nationally for trying to legally upend the 2020 presidential election results and for his aggressive actions in taking on President Biden’s administration in court. But he is saddled with a slew of corruption allegations as he seeks a third…