Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp wins GOP primary for second term

Former President Trump endorsed former Sen. David Perdue in the gubernatorial primary

Updated: May 24, 2022 - 10:02pm

Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp on Tuesday night won the state's GOP primary for the governor's seat, sending him to the general election to seek a second term. 

Kemp was backed by former Vice President Mike Pence, while Perdue was backed by former President Trump.

The Associated Press projected Kemp to be the winner at about 8:40 p.m. Eastern time

Kemp will now face Democrat nominee Stacey Abrams, who ran unopposed, in a rematch of their 2018 contest.

Trump has wide support among Georgia Republicans, but voters seemed to have more of an allegiance to Kemp for his overall job performance, or his decision to decline to fully support Trump's efforts to overturn the state's 2020 presidential election results that showed Democrat challenger and now-President Joe Biden as the winner.

Kemp narrowly defeated Abrams four years ago, but he now likely faces an even more formidable candidate, considering her continued rise to national prominence as a result of her nationwide get-out-the-vote efforts.