No one expected this.
Georgia voters have rejected former President Trump’s ideas about how the state’s highest offices should be shaped. So far, in every statewide GOP primary, Trump’s endorsed candidates have failed to win over those incumbents that Trump has said he was trying to get revenge on.
Notably, these mainly included top Republican officials who refused his attempts at overturning the 2020 election. Gov. Brian Kemp, Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, and Attorney General Chris Carr, all of whom Trump wanted revenge from, have managed to win over their Trump endorsed rivals.
The loss of so many primaries by Trump-endorsed candidates shows that Trump’s control over the GOP may be weakening.
“I don’t want to say this is the beginning of the end for Trump, but I do think there’s been a move toward the idea that most Americans don’t want to look back,” said Chuck Clay, a former state senator, and Georgia GOP chair.
“You may have some people who aren’t comfortable with the last election, but they’re not out there saying it was outright stolen,” he continued. “They’re not out there waving false flags.”
For over a year Trump has tried to get his primary candidates to beat Kemp, Raffensperger, and Carr. However, on Tuesday all of those candidates lost by a big margin.
Former Sen. David Perdue (R-Ga.), lost to Kemp by more than a 50-percentage point margin, while John Gordon who challenged Carr lost by more than a 47-point margin.
Raffensperger also won with an almost 20-point margin over Rep. Jody Hice (R-Ga.).
Georgia is not the only state in which Trump’s endorsed candidates were unsuccessful. His endorsed gubernatorial candidates in Idaho and Nebraska both lost, and even Rep. Madison Cawthorn (R-N.C.), lost to his challenger.
Georgia in particular has been a point of contention for Trump as he was the first Republican in almost three decades to lose the state.
“I think the president put a lot on Georgia and the primaries there. It was kind of supposed to be redemption for him,” said a former Trump campaign aide. “With what happened [Tuesday], it’s kind of hard to make the argument now that people are still with him.”