Donald Trump has always been very confident in his endorsement abilities. He regularly tells his followers that he has a near-perfect record when backing candidates.
That myth has taken a beating during primary season. Trump-backed candidates like Janice McGeachin, Charles Herbster, and Madison Cawthorn have already been defeated. Tuesday night saw two more humiliating losses in Georgia.
The Georgia losses were particularly galling to Trump. The former President was furious at Governor Brian Kemp and Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger for refusing to overturn the 2020 election in his favor. So Trump backed David Perdue in his race against Kemp and Jody Hice in his race against Raffensperger.
Trump even said of Kemp’s now looming race against Stacey Abrams, “I don’t believe Kemp can do it. He’s got too many people in the Republican Party that will refuse to vote. They’re just not going to go out.”
Checking in on Trump-endorsed candidates in Georgia
Perdue is losing to Gov. Kemp by more than 50 points (!). There will be no runoff
Jody Hice is losing to SoS Raffensperger by 17 points. Raffensperger has over 51% as I type this, meaning a runoff is unlikely
Bad omens for 45
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) May 25, 2022
Kemp trounced Perdue however, defeating the former Senator by a nearly 3-1 margin. Trump personally recruited Hice to run against Raffensperger. That was also a failure as the Secretary of State won his race and will likely clear the threshold to avoid a run-off.
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