Donald Trump returned to Georgia on Saturday night for a rally along with his choice to challenge Rev. Raphael Warnock, Herschel Walker, as a test of his remaining power over the GOP and whether or not he can still claim his self-professed role as a “kingmaker” in the party.
Trump has more or less moved all of the pieces around the board in the midterm races, asking former Senator David Perdue to run for Governor as a challenge to the “disloyal” Republican incumbent, Brian Kemp. He’s also pressured Walker to challenge Warnock when the former football player has no political experience, and asked another prominent Georgia Republican, Vernon Jones, to run for Congress instead of Senate to give Perdue a clearer path in his challenge against Kemp.
But there are plenty of cracks in Trump’s crown already. While Walker isn’t competing with any other GOP challengers in his race, other races are more complicated. Jones, for instance, is now competing in a crowded congressional primary in which no one may clear the 50% threshold needed to avoid a runoff. It’s uncertain if Trump is aware, or if he’s intentionally overstuffing the race in an “any Republican will do” situation.
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Trump is essentially rallying Georgia voters behind candidates who could go on to play critical roles in certifying future elections in which he’s a participant. He’s already shown the public his willingness to press officials to overturn results he doesn’t like as seen during his waning days in office, Trump desperately called Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger and pressured him to “find” enough votes to overturn Joe Biden’s victory, a conversation that is now the subject of a grand jury probe in Atlanta.
Trump rescinded his endorsement of struggling Alabama Republican Senate primary candidate Mo Brooks on Wednesday and has plans to head to North Carolina next month to try to boost his pick in the state’s contentious Senate primary, Republican U.S. Rep. Ted Budd, who has lagged in polling and fundraising behind former Gov. Pat McCrory.
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