Collins, McCormick Defeat Trump-Backed Candidates in Georgia Runoffs

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Georgia Republicans Mike Collins and Rich McCormick defeated two candidates endorsed by former President Donald Trump in blowouts Tuesday in the state’s primary runoff races.

Collins’ race against former state Rep. Vernon Jones was called by the Associated Press within about an hour of polls closing. Unofficial results at the time of this writing showed Collins beating Jones by nearly 50 percent.

McCormick’s race against Evans, an attorney specializing in election law, was a bit closer but still definitive, with results at the time of publication showing McCormick ahead by more than 30 percent.

Trump invested heavily in Georgia’s primary races as he sought to unseat Gov. Brian Kemp and other Republican incumbents, whom the former president has outspokenly targeted over Georgia’s 2020 election process.

Jones was initially running for governor but dropped out of that race at Trump’s urging to clear the way for Kemp’s opponent, who ended up losing in a rout to Kemp on primary day.

Jones then jumped into the race against Collins in Georgia’s Tenth Congressional District — a rural district in northeast Georgia in which Trump is well-liked — and earned Trump’s endorsement immediately thereafter.

But while Trump’s endorsement has so far performed well for candidates in most other states, it failed badly in Georgia. Out of the eight non-incumbent candidates Trump cho... (Read more)

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