With big losses in the 2022 Georgia primaries and runoffs, it is clear that Trump’s political capital is waning. Yesterday, the Atlanta Journal Constitution reported “Georgia Republican voters rebuked Donald Trump for the second time in a month Tuesday by rejecting his picks for a pair of open U.S. House seats, another blow to the former president after his attempt to unseat Gov. Brian Kemp and other incumbents collapsed.”
These embarrassing defeats in U.S. House primaries add to Trump’s failing track record in Georgia. In the May gubernatorial primary, Brian Kemp easily beat out Trump’s hand-picked candidate Senator David Perdue. Leading up to the May primary, Donald Trump went to great lengths to support Perdue with an in-person rally, fundraisers, and a slate of TV ads.
The Atlanta Journal Constitution also noted that Trump failed to unseat his political enemies Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, Insurance Commissioner John King, and Attorney General Chris Carr. GOP primary voters in Georgia rejected Trump at every level going into the midterms this fall.
Trump isn’t the only 2024 hopeful who failed to get their supported candidate over the finish line. In Georgia, Jeremy Hunt lost his primary despite support from Nikki Haley, Mike Pompeo, Tom Cotton, and Josh Hawley. Additionally, in Virginia, Tom Cotton’s support didn’t help VA-07 GOP primary candidate Derrick Anderson who lost in his 6 way primary.