More Trump endorsements put to the test in Georgia on Tuesday

Trump-backed candidates compete for the GOP nomination in a series of races for offices including governor, U.S. senator and secretary of state.

Updated: May 23, 2022 - 10:28pm

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Several of former President Trump's endorsements are being put to the test in Georgia on Tuesday.

Trump-backed former Sen. David Perdue, the former CEO of Dollar General, is challenging the state's current Gov. Brian Kemp, who was endorsed by former Vice President Mike Pence. The latest polling shows Kemp is leading Perdue ahead of Election Day.

Former Georgia gubernatorial candidate and voter turnout activist Stacey Abrams is running unopposed for the Democratic nomination.

Former NFL star Herschel Walker, who was endorsed by Trump, is running for a U.S. Senate seat in Georgia. Recent polls show Walker with a healthy lead in a crowded field of candidates for the GOP nomination. If he wins, Walker would likely face incumbent Democratic Sen. Raphael Warnock in the general election.

Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger is competing against Rep. Jody Hice, whom Trump has endorsed. Hice has publicly voiced concern about voting irregularities in Georgia during the 2020 presidential election. Raffensperger has faced criticism from Trump supporters for certifying President Joe Biden's win against Trump in the 2020 presidential election in Georgia. 

According to a recent Atlanta Journal-Constitution poll, the Raffensperger-Hice primary contest is close. 

Trump-endorsed candidates won Republican Senate and gubernatorial primaries in Ohio and Pennsylvania, respectively. In the Pennsylvania GOP Senate primary, Trump-backed Dr. Mehmet Oz is clinging to a razor-thin lead over David McCormick, with the race likely headed for an automatic recount.

Another Trump-endorsed candidate, Rep. Ted Budd, won the GOP Senate primary in North Carolina over former Gov. Pat McCrory, but North Carolina Republican Rep. Madison Cawthorn, a first-term representative, lost in his race for reelection.