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Donald Trump's revenge tour is derailed in Georgia

Greg Bluestein, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on

Published in Political News

Trump also intervened in down-ticket races to pressure important allies of the governor.

Attorney General Chris Carr, one of Kemp's most outspoken supporters, repelled a Trump-backed challenge from John Gordon, a semi-retired businessman who renewed his lapsed law license to help push Trump's failed legal challenge.

And Patrick Witt, a former White House official, was beaten by Insurance Commissioner John King, a former local police chief and Georgia National Guard leader who was on Trump's wrong side simply because he was appointed to the post by Kemp.

"We have to move forward. There's too much at stake in November," Carr said. "And if we don't come together, then you're going to have Stacey Abrams as governor."

Witt only launched his campaign after quitting the race for the open 10th Congressional District so another Trump loyalist — Vernon Jones — could have a clearer shot at the rural seat.

 

And how did Jones enter the race? He was a long-shot anti-Kemp candidate for governor when Trump persuaded him to run for Congress instead to give Perdue a clearer path to November.

Many analysts cautioned against drawing broad conclusions about what the results say about Trump's sway nationally.

But Martha Zoller, a conservative commentator with deep ties to the GOP's grassroots in the state, said the defeats of Trump-backed candidates left an unmistakable message about his influence in Georgia.

"Trump's endorsement is less important than it was three months ago, and it will be even less important three months from now," she said. "People are more concerned with their ability to buy fuel and groceries than looking back to the 2020 election."

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