Georgia rally to mark debut of GOP primary Trump-backed candidates
ATLANTA(AP) — Saturday’s Georgia rally will feature a three-man ticket consisting of candidates he s backing during 2022 Republican primaries. However, Trump-backed candidate opponents are not going away in Georgia. Some fear that the nod by the former president could harm Republicans in a closely divided state.
Trump’s endorsement blitz is an honest attempt to continue remaking the party his Image, with Republicans eagerly courting his favor. It’s not a rule-rewriting approach like everything about the former president.
Dominguez stated that he has not seen presidents try to create division within their party in recent years, as is the case in primary elections. He’s playing factional politics within the party
It’s easy to understand why they might want Trump’s support. He has a strong support from Republican voters. Ballotpedia, which tracks Trump endorsements, says candidates he endorsed have won 37 of 43 competitive primaries since 2017.
Trump will be joined at the rally in Perry, about 100 miles (160 kilometers) south of Atlanta by three candidates he has endorsed, including Herschel Walker, who recently launched a Senate campaign. Trump encouraged the former football star to challenge Democratic U.S. Senator Raphael Warnock.
Trump’s choice for Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger. Raffensperger declined the request of the former president to “find enough votes” to reverse Trump’s narrow defeat to Democratic President Joe Biden. Hice opposed to Georgia’s elected officials in Congress.
Completing this trio is state senator Burt Jones. He is an early Trump supporter and pushed for measures to reverse Biden’s win in Georgia. Jones is also running as lieutenant governor.
The rally will be all about Trump who is still the star of his show. Some supporters arrive in Trump gear and claim to have never heard of the people he s endorsed.
Despite the lack of evidence supporting Trump’s claims of voter fraud, the ex-president has maintained the “Big Lie” that he won. This made it a litmus test to GOP candidates. The majority of Republican voters believe that the election was stolen, despite numerous state and local elections officials and judges stating that Biden won fairly.
Although some primary fields were won by Trump’s endorsement, including Wyoming, where some Republicans dropped out after Trump selected Harriet Hageman as his challenger — this has not happened in Georgia.
Walker faces three other Republicans including Gary Black, the state agriculture commissioner. Black has attacked Walker, saying he‘s untested. On Monday, Black rolled out endorsements from 55 state lawmakers, laying them atop endorsements from 76 county sheriffs, former Gov. Former U.S. Rep Doug Collins and Nathan Deal, a Trump favorite.
It’s okay to love Herschelwalker football player,” Black stated. It’s OK to want to save the country from the current chaos and win back the Senate. Georgians need an electable choice who can stand up to the national Democrats and $100 million or more in attack ads.”
Jones describes himself as an underdog in his primary against a powerful business-backed state senator, but said after a Wednesday appearance with Donald Trump Jr. that the former president’s backing “is going to be a pretty loud intercom saying this is a guy who will actually stand up for his constituents and stand up for conservative values.”
Trump’s nod could be a liability in a general election, though. Trump was defeated in Georgia by Kelly Loeffler, David Perdue and Jon Ossoff who lost the runoffs for Senate seats by larger margins in January. Many, including Republicans, believe Trump’s persistent claims that the November 2020 elections were rigged have depressed GOP turnout and given U.S. Senate control over to Democrats.
Democratic state Rep. Bee Nguyen said that Trump’s endorsements were part of his “vendetta” against some Republicans. Nguyen stated that Trump’s activities will be a catalyst for Democratic voters. He also said that a restrictive law on election reform passed by Republicans this year will help them.
It will continue to mobilize my base because it understands that voting rights are under threat,” stated Nguyen. He also predicted that Democrats would be fired up by the “constant attempts to discredit” the results of November’s election.
Some Republicans also see it this way. Paul Shumaker, a GOP consultant, noted in a June memo how polling indicated that North Carolina voters were less likely than others to support a Trump-endorsed candidate but more inclined to vote for a Biden endorsed candidate.
When comparing a Trump-endorsed candidate with a Biden endorsed candidate, our advantage over the unaffiliated voters disappears,” Shumaker wrote. “In addition, the Democratic edge widens among college graduates and suburban voters while Republicans’ rural vote softens slightly.”
Shumaker works for the former North Carolina governor. Pat McCrory is running against Ted Budd, a Trump-endorsed U.S. Rep. in a Republican Senate Primary to replace retiring Richard Burr. Shumaker claimed that McCrory didn’t pay for the poll.
Party leaders have historically shied away form interfering with primaries. Sometimes it backfired. In 1938, Franklin Delano Roosevelt intervened to support liberals and defeat conservatives who opposed his agenda. Roosevelt’s track record was mixed. Republicans won big overall, and conservative Democratic incumbents like Georgia Senator Walter George were able to survive.
The former President Barack Obama waited until the primaries were over before he endorsed. Some liberals tried to influence the Democratic party by pledging primary endorsements. These included independent Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders and Democratic U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio Cortez from New York.
Then, there’s the top Georgia Republican who is not on the Trump ticket — Governor. Brian Kemp. Brian Kemp.
Despite Trump’s continued scorn for Kemp the incumbent governor might reach a compromise with some Trump-backed candidates.
Kemp appeared with Hice at a Sept. 13 event to criticize the Biden administration’s legislative agenda. Kemp expressed hope that Republicans would unite in opposition.
The party must come together, and we don’t have to be divided,” Kemp stated. “That didn’t work for us in 2020.”
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