Wednesday, Aug 17, 2022 - 15:52:11
643 results - (0.008 seconds)

Kemp Trump:

latest news at page 1:
    Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp has become one of the latest politicians to testify before a special purpose grand jury as part of an inquiry into efforts to overturn the 2020 election results in the state. Kemp was scheduled to testify Monday afternoon to discuss what he knew about then-President Donald Trump's pressure campaign to "find" votes in Georgia after Joe Biden won the state. He is one of several top Republicans in the state to speak to the grand jury impaneled as part of an investigation led by Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis. JUDGE DISQUALIFIES FULTON COUNTY DA FROM PORTION OF TRUMP 2020 ELECTION INQUIRY Kemp, a longtime Trump ally, was set to deliver a "sworn recorded statement" instead of appearing before the grand jury, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported. The grand jury has also subpoenaed various documents from Kemp's office surrounding Trump's efforts, including phone logs, text messages, emails, and more. On Monday, a Georgia judge disqualified Willis from subpoenaing or criminally investigating state Sen. Burt Jones, the Republican nominee for lieutenant governor, because...
    Beating back Donald Trump and beating back Trumpism are both vital, if different, goals. Although there are signs his hold is weakening, Trump, the man, still holds plenty of sway in the Republican Party. But his ability to spread Trumpism, by virtue of his endorsed acolytes, is not nearly as impressive. Arizona’s primary voters have another chance to stop Trumpism in its tracks on Aug. 2. It’s two weeks to slow the spread. I’m talking, of course, about the upcoming Arizona governor’s race, pitting Kari Lake, a former local TV news anchor endorsed by Trump, against Karrin Taylor Robson, a developer and Republican Party stalwart endorsed by Mike Pence. While Pence’s endorsement sets up a “surrogate war” narrative against his former boss, it was the state’s governor, Doug Ducey, who really went to war with Trump’s endorsed candidate this weekend. “Kari Lake is misleading voters,” Arizona Gov. Ducey (who is term-limited and cannot seek re-election) told CNN’s Dana Bash on Sunday’s State of the Union. “She’s been tagged by her opponent, ‘Fake Lake,’ which is sticking and doing some...
    (CNN)Mike Pence seems to have decided that the only way past Donald Trump is through Donald Trump.Unlike many of Trump's would-be 2024 challengers, his former vice president is issuing a direct challenge by endorsing against him in critical races in states that were hotly contested in 2020. Pence's latest move is an endorsement of Republican Karrin Taylor Robson in the Arizona governor's race. "As Arizona Democrats pursue the reckless Biden-Harris agenda, Karrin Taylor Robson is the only candidate for Governor that will keep Arizona's border secure and streets safe, empower parents and create great schools, and promote conservative values," Pence said in a statement announcing the endorsement. (Robson has also been endorsed by outgoing Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey, who has drawn Trump's ire for his refusal to overturn the 2020 election results in the state.)That move puts Pence in direct opposition to Trump, who is supporting former local TV anchor Kari Lake in the state's August 2 primary. "Few can take on the Fake News Media like Kari," Trump said in announcing his endorsement last fall. Read MoreLake has been...
    TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey has already helped block one of former President Donald Trump’s allies from winning the Republican nomination for governor in a crucial battleground state. Now he’s hoping for a repeat in his own backyard. Ducey is part of a burgeoning effort among establishment Republicans to lift up little-known housing developer Karrin Taylor Robson against former television news anchor Kari Lake, who is backed by Trump. Other prominent Republicans, including former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, have also lined up behind Robson in recent days. The push is reminiscent of how many leading Republicans rallied around Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp in the final stretch of his ultimately successful bid to fend off a Trump-endorsed primary challenger. Few states have been as central to Trump’s election lies as Georgia and Arizona, the two closest 2020 battlegrounds where he pushed aggressively to overturn the results and fumed when Kemp and Ducey refused to go along. Trump has already faced a setback in Georgia, and the Aug. 2 race in Arizona is among his last...
    A new midterm election poll out of Georgia suggests Peach State voters care more about the experience of their candidate than whether they're a Democrat or Republican - a marked shift for a state that was considered a red stronghold up until the 2020 presidential race. AARP Georgia's Thursday survey on the November races shows incumbent Senator Raphael Warnock, a Democrat, leading Republican candidate Herschel Walker by a three-point margin. Walker has the endorsement of former President Donald Trump. The two have been close since Walker played on Trump's now-defunct professional football team, the New Jersey Generals. But in the Georgia gubernatorial race, voters appear to favor their Republican leader over his Democrat challenger. Governor Brian Kemp again bests Democrat Stacey Abrams in a poll projecting their November re-match, after narrowly defeating her to win his seat in 2018. Kemp leads with 52 percent of the vote to Abrams' 45 percent, just barely out of run-off territory. Under Georgia's election rules, a candidate has to secure a majority of the vote to avoid a runoff election. That means Warnock -...
    (CNN)On Thursday, Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey endorsed a fellow Republican to succeed him when he leaves office early next year."I've looked at each of the candidates for Governor this year, and there's no question who is the proven conservative ready to lead on Day One: Karrin Taylor Robson," Ducey said in a statement. Ducey's GOP primary endorsement wasn't terribly surprising, as he had appointed Taylor Robson to the Arizona Board of Regents five years ago.But it was noteworthy because it put him directly at odds with former President Donald Trump. Again.See, Trump has endorsed former local TV anchor Kari Lake in the Arizona governor's race. (Lake is a high-profile election denier.)Read More"She is against Covid lockdowns, Cancel Culture, and will end 'woke' curriculum in our schools," Trump said in announcing his endorsement of Lake in September 2021. "She will do a far better job than RINO Governor Doug Ducey--won't even be a contest!"Why, you ask, doesn't Trump like Ducey, who has governed as a down-the-line conservative? Because Ducey refused to go along with Trump's false claims that the 2020 election in...
    Among the most bizarre things that happened in the final weeks of Donald Trump's presidency is his White House and top adviser Jared Kushner allowed British filmmaker Alex Holder to document 11 hours of the former president, including on Jan. 6, 2021, and the days after. Speaking to CNN on Saturday, Holder recalled a few unusual moments, the first being Trump's rant about Georgia Republican officials, Gov. Brian Kemp and Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, who both refused to overturn the state's election for the president. The comment happened days after former Attorney General Bill Barr told the Associated Press that there was no election fraud in 2020. He was then attacked by Trump in person and publicly. "President Trump at the time was furious about the position that he found himself in. I'm sitting across him in the White House and he's looking at me directly in the eye and he's saying that there was no way 'that guy,' and he's referring to President Biden, got 80 million votes," Holder recalled. "He starts talking to me about...
    Gov. Brian Kemp (R-GA) is set to deliver a “sworn recorded statement" for prosecutors next month in compliance with a subpoena, according to a letter from the Fulton County District Attorney’s office. Kemp was subpoenaed for documents and testimony by the special grand jury for the Fulton County inquiry into efforts to upend the 2020 election results in the Peach State and reached an agreement with prosecutors for the conditions of his deposition, which is slated for July 25, the letter dated Wednesday says. GEORGIA ELECTION WORKER SHAYE MOSS RECOUNTS 2020 THREATS FROM TRUMP SUPPORTERS “The District Attorney’s primary interest is to discover what witnesses and documents are available that will explain what was being said and done regarding the 2020 presidential election and the efforts to replace the constitutionally elected electors," Nathan Wade, a prosecutor in the case, wrote in the letter to Kemp's lawyer, obtained by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. The subpoena also demands documents related to the events surrounding the 2020 election and the Jan. 6 Capitol riot. This includes emails, call logs, letters,...
    Ben Shapiro offered a nuanced stance this week while discussing the power of former President Donald Trump to influence the Republican Party. During Wednesday’s episode of The Ben Shapiro Show, the host said, “Speaking of Donald Trump and the kind of power he holds over to the Republican Party. The answer is on the local level — not much. So what I mean by this is that Donald Trump’s endorsement can move a few votes, maybe a few.” After referencing several state races where Trump endorsed candidates, Shapiro said, “What it seems like is if Donald Trump targets you and decides that you are an enemy, then it is unlikely that you win. So there’s a difference between Donald Trump endorsing a person, which I don’t think has a lot of power. And Donald Trump destroying people.” “Donald Trump still has the power to destroy, but I’m not sure that he has the power to build,” he added. “And the question is gonna be what happens when he tries that power of destruction against somebody who actually has the loyalty...
    ATLANTA (AP) — Gov. Brian Kemp on Thursday endorsed Mike Collins in Georgia’s 10th Congressional District runoff, a move that once again puts him at odds with former President Donald Trump while helping him settle the score against a former opponent. Kemp is the latest member of the Republican establishment to back Collins, a trucking company owner and son of the late congressman Mac Collins. Collins is running against Vernon Jones, a former primary foe of Kemp’s who has received Trump’s backing. In Georgia’s Republican primary last month, Kemp soundly defeated another Trump-supported candidate: former U.S. Sen. David Perdue. Jones, a longtime Democrat who began backing Trump and switched parties when he left the state House in 2021, abandoned a Republican bid against Kemp to clear the field for Perdue at Trump’s behest. In exchange, Trump endorsed Jones in the 10th District, which covers 18 counties east of Atlanta, including Athens. Collins won 26% of the vote on May 24 and Jones won 22%. Because no one won a majority, state law required a runoff. The winner of Tuesday’s contest...
    Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp wants to beat Donald Trump again, endorsing the opponent of the former president’s preferred candidate in a Republican primary runoff in the 10th Congressional District. Kemp, who soundly defeated Trump-endorsed challenger, former Sen. David Perdue, in Georgia’s May 24 gubernatorial primary, announced Thursday he was backing trucking company owner Mike Collins in Tuesday’s Republican primary runoff in the 10th District. Collins’s opponent is former DeKalb County CEO Vernon Jones, a former Democrat endorsed by Trump who was previously a member of the state House in Georgia. With the district drawn to elect Republicans easily, the winner is expected to cruise to victory in November. “I’m proud to endorse Mike Collins to be the next congressman for Georgia’s 10th Congressional District,” Kemp said in a statement. “I will be casting my ballot for Mike Collins in the June 21st GOP runoff, and I ask fellow Republicans across the district to join me in sending a trusted conservative to Washington!” MIDTERM MEMO: DEMOCRATS JUGGLE DEMOCRACY CONCERNS WITH POLITICAL IMPERATIVES Collins outpaced Jones 26% to 22% in the May...
    (CNN)Allies of Gov. Brian Kemp and top Republicans in Georgia have recently approached Donald Trump advisers to see if the former President can be persuaded to go easy on the incumbent GOP governor as he fights for reelection, sources told CNN. The informal effort -- which has not involved any direct contact between Trump and Kemp and is unlikely to result in a fixed agreement, according to two people familiar -- comes as the Republican governor prepares for the general election against Democrat Stacey Abrams, a progressive star who Trump once claimed "might very well be better" than Kemp as a state executive. Allies of both men have been unable to shake that comment, as well as Trump's verbal assault on Kemp over the past year, as one of the most closely watched gubernatorial contests this cycle begins. And although Trump has not specifically criticized Kemp since the May 24 primary contest, his failed attempt to run a primary challenger against the incumbent governor and his baseless claim in a statement last week that Kemp won due to "obvious fraud,"...
    Georgia's top elections official appeared Thursday before a special grand jury investigating allegations that former President Donald Trump and others in his circle illegally attempted to overturn President Joe Biden's 2020 election win. Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger was called to the Fulton County courthouse where a special grand jury has been convening, according to court documents. Five others in Raffensperger's office have also been subpoenaed to testify in the district attorney's investigation into the 2020 election. Speaking to reporters outside the building, Raffensperger said he hoped his time on the stand would be "short." A TALE OF 2 STATES: GEORGIA, PENNSYLVANIA, AND THE CASE FOR ELECTION INTEGRITY LAWS Raffensperger, a lifelong Republican who recently won his party's nomination for a second term, is the key witness in the 16-month investigation that is centered on the telephone call Trump made to him on Jan. 2, 2021, during which the one-term president urged Raffensperger to "find" the votes needed to put him ahead of Biden. Trump has maintained that his call with the secretary of state was "perfect" and has denied...
    When former Sen. David Perdue lost Georgia’s 2022 GOP gubernatorial primary to Gov. Brian Kemp by a brutal 52%, it was not only a humiliating defeat for Perdue — it was also a major humiliation for former President Donald Trump, who endorsed Perdue and hates Kemp with a passion. As Trump sees it, Kemp committed a cardinal sin when he refused to go along with the Big Lie and acknowledged that President Joe Biden legitimately won Georgia in the 2020 presidential election. But some major Trump allies, reporter Greg Bluestein emphasizes in an article published by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution on June 2, are now rallying around Kemp’s reelection campaign. That includes former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and Perdue himself. During the primary, Perdue campaigned on the Big Lie and slammed Kemp as a RINO (Republican In Name Only) who is soft on voter fraud and let the Biden campaign get away with stealing Georgia from Trump. Biden’s campaign, of course, did nothing of the kind; Biden won the Peach State fair and square. But after losing badly to Kemp,...
    Former President Donald Trump and his allies appear to be focused on pushing a narrative similar to the one he circulated after losing the 2020 election. Trump's political action committee (PAC) is attempting to attribute Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp's (R) recent gubernatorial primary victory to voter fraud, according to Business Insider. On Tuesday, May 31, Trump's "Save America" PAC began circulating a SubStack article written by former Newsmax correspondent, Emerald Robinson. The piece, titled, "Something Stinks in Georgia," baselessly suggests Kemp won as a result of fraud. "On Primary Day in Georgia, Kemp gets 74% and Perdue gets 22%. Nobody in any election in America gets 74% of the votes. Ever. It doesn't happen," Robinson wrote. "Obvious fraud." Per Insider, "The claim was made despite the very clear result, in which Kemp came 52 percentage points ahead of Trump endorsee David Perdue, winning 7% to 22%." Trump's latest attempt to use his infamous voter fraud argument follows his months-long battle after the 2020 presidential election where he and his allies insisted widespread voter fraud was apparent in multiple battleground...
    Former President Donald Trump on Tuesday called his infamous phone call to a Georgia election official 'perfect' and tried to question the legitimacy of rival Georgia Republican Gov. Brian Kemp's overwhelming primary victory last week. Trump made the statement on his Truth Social platform, where he complained that a grand jury is probing his 'absolutely PERFECT' phone call' with Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffesnperger.  'Many lawyers, from both sides, were knowingly on the call,' Trump wrote. 'I also assumed it was taped,' he added. Fulton County Prosecutor Fani Willis got a special grand jury to probe Trump following revelations about the Jan. 2, 2021 call to Raffensperger, where he asked the official to 'find' votes and repeated his claims of fraud. That would have been enough to hand him a victory in the state.  Former President Donald Trump attacked a Georgia prosecutor and defended the phone call where he asked the Georgia secretary of state to 'find' 11,780 votes 'The people of Georgia are angry — the people in the country are angry," Trump said. "And there's nothing wrong with...
      Former President Donald Trump appears to be dropping accusations of election fraud once again. Through the Save America PAC, Trump shared an article from conservative pundit Emerald Robinson claiming that the recent victory of Gov. Brian Kemp (R) in Georgia’s gubernatorial primary was not legitimate. “Something stinks in Georgia,” Robinson wrote. Her argument is mainly that Trump’s endorsements in Georgia essentially meant nothing — which, she claims, runs counter to results in other jurisdictions. Trump endorsed David Perdue ran against Kemp, someone he’s feuded with over the 2020 presidential election results. But Perdue lost by a wide margin — something even Robinson admits, though she claims nobody wins by as big of a margin as Kemp. “On Primary Day in Georgia, Kemp gets 74% and Perdue gets 22%. Nobody in any election in America gets 74% of the votes. Ever. It doesn’t happen,” she wrote. “Obvious fraud.” One aspect that makes Georgia’s primaries unique — though Robinson says it’s “not the real story” — is that they are not limited to political party affiliation, meaning both Democrats and...
    On Tuesday, May 24, former President Donald Trump suffered humiliating defeats when two Republicans he was backing in Georgia lost GOP primary races by double digits. After that embarrassment, journalists David Weigel and Josh Dawsey emphasize in an article published by the Washington Post on May 29, Trump is focusing on his campaign to oust Rep. Liz Cheney via a GOP congressional primary in Wyoming. Former Sen. David Perdue, campaigning on the Big Lie and falsely claiming that the 2020 presidential election was stolen from Trump, lost to conservative incumbent Gov. Brian Kemp by a brutal 52%. Rep. Jody Hice’s loss to incumbent Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger wasn’t that harsh, but it was bad enough: Hice lost by 19%. On Memorial Day Weekend, Trump headed to Wyoming to campaign for attorney Harriet Hageman — one of Cheney’s primary challengers. That election will be held on August 16. “His crusade was dealt a major blow last week in Georgia, where Republican primary voters overwhelmingly renominated Gov. Brian Kemp and Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger over candidates the...
    (CNN)Georgia Republicans last week rejected two malignant trends within their party -- one less conspicuous, but no less important, than the other.Best-known is the "Big Lie" about the 2020 election. By renominating Gov. Brian Kemp and Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, the Peach State GOP rejected former President Donald Trump's attempt at vengeance against two high-profile politicians he couldn't bully into summarily overturning the voters' will and reversing his loss to Joe Biden there.The second is the increasing propensity of Republican politicians to contrive culture war controversies as a substitute for materially improving the lives of their constituents. Kemp's victory over former Sen. David Perdue overcame that strategy, too. Perdue built his primary challenge on the Big Lie by insisting the 2020 election was "rigged and stolen." It was not, but lying represented the table stakes for a defeated senator's comeback attempt built on Trump's endorsement.Yet pre-primary polls made clear that damaging democracy with lies about 2020 wouldn't be enough for Perdue to oust Kemp. So Perdue tried a gambit directly at odds with the livelihoods of Georgia workers.Read MoreSpecifically,...
    Gov. Brian Kemp (R) believes Democrat Stacey Abrams’ candidacy for governor will work to unite Georgia Republicans following a heated GOP primary that Kemp ended up winning in a rout. Kemp told Breitbart News in a phone interview after his victory, “I think Stacey Abrams is going to be the great unifier,” in response to a question about how he would win over Republicans who voted for his primary opponent, Trump-backed former Sen. David Perdue. Kemp defeated Perdue by about 50 points after facing significant criticism from both Perdue and former President Donald Trump that Kemp could not win a second general election race against Abrams, whom the governor narrowly defeated in 2018 with Trump’s backing. Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp speaks during a rally on Monday, May 23, 2022, in Kennesaw, Georgia. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson) “A vote for RINO Brian Kemp in this primary is a vote for Governor Stacey Abrams,” Trump said in March about Kemp, whom the former president has repeatedly attacked over Georgia’s 2020 election process. When asked about Trump endorsing his primary opponent, Kemp brushed it off, saying,...
    Mother Jones illustration; Michael Conroy/AP Facts matter: Sign up for the free Mother Jones Daily newsletter. Support our nonprofit reporting. Subscribe to our print magazine.As gun violence ravages communities and the country reels from a string of horrific mass shootings, Americans have been left with an all-too-familiar question: Will our lawmakers finally do something to stop the carnage? We’ve been here before, many times; we’ve watched as Republicans (and some Democrats) bowed to pressure from the National Rifle Association and blocked even the most basic gun control measures. But as the Trace’s Mike Spies pointed out the day after the Uvalde massacre, there actually has been a seismic shift in the political landscape. The NRA is still a powerful force, but years of scandal and infighting and a failed attempt to declare bankruptcy may have left it substantially weaker than it was in 2013, when pro-gun forces killed a bipartisan background check bill in the wake of the Sandy Hook murders: 2/Its longtime PR firm, which served as the voice of the organization and devised Wayne LaPierre’s persona, is long gone....
    Far-right favorite Kandiss Taylor received just 3.4 percent of the vote in Georgia’s GOP primary for governor on Tuesday, less than one-twentieth of current Gov. Brian Kemp’s 73.7 percent of the vote. But that isn’t stopping Taylor from refusing to concede and claiming the election was “rigged.” Taylor, a Trump loyalist who campaigned with the slogan “Jesus Guns Babies” and promised to “stand up to the Luciferian Cabal,” simply believes it’s impossible that she lost this spectacularly. “Given that my vote total currently lags my number of volunteers by nearly 20,000, I do not trust these election results and neither should any supporter of either of my opponents or candidates in any other races,” Taylor wrote in a press release. “It is my opinion that our elections in Georgia have become a travesty spearheaded by the corrupt, organized, willful assault that Governor Brian Kemp, Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, Attorney General Chris Carr, and gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams have inflicted on our election process.” Taylor went on to write that she does “not concede.” And that’s because she does...
    Welcome back to WTOP’s weekly election update! WTOP’s team of reporters will keep you informed on the latest through Nov. as primary and election races heat up in the District, Maryland, Virginia and nationwide. Local politics and elections | Nick Iannelli Drop boxes open in DC Voters in the nation’s capital are getting more options for casting a ballot in the primary election, as 55 ballot drop boxes are open as of Friday, May 27. You can find a list of locations here. The D.C. Board of Elections has been mailing ballots to registered voters, so if you received one, you can now vote by sliding it into a drop box. If you prefer, you can return your ballot through the mail, or you can vote in person during early voting from June 10 through June 19. Primary day is June 21. In addition to D.C. mayor, voters are picking candidates for attorney general, D.C. Council chair and five other council members. Find out more in WTOP’s D.C. Voter Guide. Abortion rights on shaky ground in Virginia Could abortion be...
    (CNN)Some are welcoming the fact that former President Donald Trump's standard-bearer for governor and for his "Big Lie" campaign in Georgia, former US Senator David Perdue, got thumped in that state's Republican primary. Incumbent Brian Kemp appears to have prevailed by over 600,000 votes and more than 50 percentage points. Norman Eisen But make no mistake. Perdue's defeat may have been good for democracy, but the winning candidate is hardly its friend. Perdue was willing to completely debase himself in service to Trump and his "election denier" claims. Perdue flatly declared that the 2020 election was "rigged and stolen." He announced that he would not, like Kemp, have certified Joe Biden's Georgia election victory. Dennis AftergutSo yes, the rejection of a candidate whom Trump embraced is good news. Voters also appear to have spurned another so-called "election denier," Jody Hice, whom Trump endorsed against Brad Raffensperger, Georgia's incumbent secretary of state. Raffensperger, who seems to have dodged a runoff with Hice by about two percentage points in a 52% to 33% victory, was the subject of Trump's January...
    Live from Music Row Wednesday morning on The Tennessee Star Report with Michael Patrick Leahy – broadcast on Nashville’s Talk Radio 98.3 and 1510 WLAC weekdays from 5:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. – host Leahy welcomed The Tennessee Star’s national political editor Neil McCabe to the newsmaker line to comment upon the Georgia primary election results and Trump-endorsed candidate David Perdue’s loss. Leahy: We are joined on our newsmaker line now by the very best Washington correspondent in the country, the national political editor for The Tennessee Star and The Star News Network, Neil W. McCabe. Good morning, Neil. McCabe: Michael, very good to be with you. Leahy: Neil, on our program today, we’ve talked extensively about the evil, tragic mass murder in Uvalde, Texas, yesterday. Nineteen elementary school children were killed, and two adults were killed. And that has been a very tragic day. Politically, however, I wanted to talk to you about what happened last night politically, particularly in Georgia. Give us a summary of the results there. And what do you think this might mean for former President Donald Trump? McCabe: I...
    Atlanta (CNN)Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp's dominant primary win over David Perdue was part of a resounding rejection Tuesday of 2020 election denialism by the state's Republican voters. But his victory also demonstrates how Kemp has written and executed the playbook for extinguishing Donald Trump's fury in a Republican primary.The incumbent governor dispatched with a Trump-backed rival who had promised to do more to prevent what the former President has falsely claimed was a "stolen" election in Georgia. Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger and Attorney General Chris Carr did the same in their primaries. Trump's mission to elect more reliable allies on overturning his defeat in 2020 clearly failed."Just about every 'stop the steal' Republican is getting rejected by Republicans in Georgia tonight," Erick Erickson, the conservative radio host, tweeted Tuesday night just before taking the stage to emcee Kemp's victory party. "The message is voters want to move forward, not settle Trump's grievances for him." With strong lead over Perdue, Kemp shifts attention to Abrams in Georgia governors raceBut over the past 18 months, Trump's vendetta against Kemp got personal,...
    Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp shakes hands with former Vice President Mike Pence at a Monday campaign event at the Cobb County International Airport in Kennesaw, Georgia. Georgia Republicans avoided the worst-case scenario Tuesday in their marquee primaries for governor and Senate, avoiding runoffs in both critical contests. Sitting GOP Gov. Brian Kemp trounced Trump-endorsed former Sen. David Perdue, winning nearly three-quarters of primary voters. Meanwhile, Trump-endorsed former Georgia football star Herschel Walker ran away with the Senate primary, winning some 68% of the vote. His nearest challenger, Gary Black, finished at just over 13%. Even embattled Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, who famously resisted Donald Trump's order to "find" him votes, won by a comfortable margin over Trump-endorsed Rep. Jody Hice, 52% - 33%.   But divisions within the party, according to Politico, still run deep in a state where the general election matchups, particularly for governor and Senate, could be decided by the slimmest of margins. The Republican State Party chair, for instance, David Shafer, is widely viewed as having stoked internal animosity by actively recruiting candidates to challenge GOP incumbents—a...
    By Jill Colvin and Jeff Martin | Associated Press WOODSTOCK, Ga. — Donald Trump opened May by lifting a trailing Senate candidate in Ohio to the Republican nomination, seemingly cementing the former president’s kingmaker status before another possible White House run. He’s ending the month, however, stinging from a string of defeats that suggests a diminishing stature. Trump faced a series of setbacks in Tuesday’s primary elections as voters rejected his efforts to unseat two top targets for retribution: Georgia’s Republican governor and secretary of state, both of whom had rebuffed Trump’s extraordinary pressure to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election. But the magnitude of defeat in the governor’s race — more than 50 percentage points — was especially stunning and raised questions about whether Republican voters are beginning to move on from Trump. Nearly six years after the onetime reality television star launched what seemed to be an improbable campaign for the White House, the “Make America Great Again” movement Trump helmed isn’t going anywhere. But voters are increasingly vocal in saying that the party’s future is...
    WOODSTOCK, Ga. (AP) — Donald Trump opened May by lifting a trailing Senate candidate in Ohio to the Republican nomination, seemingly cementing the former president’s kingmaker status before another possible White House run. He’s ending the month, however, stinging from a string of defeats that suggests a diminishing stature. Trump faced a series of setbacks in Tuesday’s primary elections as voters rejected his efforts to unseat two top targets for retribution: Georgia’s Republican governor and secretary of state, both of whom had rebuffed Trump’s extraordinary pressure to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election. But the magnitude of defeat in the governor’s race — more than 50 percentage points — was especially stunning and raised questions about whether Republican voters are beginning to move on from Trump. Nearly six years after the onetime reality television star launched what seemed to be an improbable campaign for the White House, the “Make America Great Again” movement Trump helmed isn’t going anywhere. But voters are increasingly vocal in saying that the party’s future is about more than Trump. “I like Trump...
    Former President Donald Trump and the MAGA movement suffered some major disappointments in Georgia on Tuesday, May 24 when two conservative Republicans Trump rivals — Gov. Brian Kemp and Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger — not only survived primary challenges from Trump-backed candidates, but also, enjoyed double-digit victories. And Raffensperger’s victory is being hailed as a defeat for authoritarianism. Trump has been slamming Kemp and Raffensperger as RINOs (Republicans In Name Only) for refusing to go along with the Big Lie and acknowledging that President Joe Biden won Georgia fairly in the 2020 presidential election. Former Sen. David Perdue (who challenged Kemp) and Rep. Jody Hice (who challenged Raffensperger) both campaigned on the Big Lie, but it didn’t work. Perdue’s loss is especially embarrassing for Trump; Kemp defeated Perdue by a brutal 52% and is now going up against Democratic nominee Stacey Abrams in the general election. Hice’s loss to Raffensperger wasn’t as painful as what Perdue suffered, but it was still a landslide defeat. Raffensperger defeated the U.S. congressman by 19%. Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger...
    DON EMMERT/AFP via Getty Images Former New Jersey governor and one-time close ally of Donald Trump, Chris Christie, congratulated Gov. Brian Kemp (R-GA) for handily defeating his Trump-endorsed primary opponent on Tuesday night. Kemp crushed former Sen. David Perdue by over 50 points in the GOP primary for governor, in what pundits dubbed a major rebuke of Donald Trump and the former president’s allegations of widespread voter fraud in the 2020 presidential election. Christie, who has become a critic of Trump and is touted as a potential 2024 GOP presidential contender, praised his “friend” Kemp and took a swipe at Trump on Twitter for trying to unseat Republicans who defended election integrity in Georgia. Christie wrote: Enormous win tonight for @BrianKempGA. I am so proud of and happy for my friend—and just as importantly for the Georgia GOP and the people of Georgia. They were not going to kick out a great Governor or be willing participants in the DJT Vendetta Tour. Enormous win tonight for @BrianKempGA. I am so proud of and happy for my friend—and just as importantly...
    Limits to Donald Trump’s influence with Republican voters are emerging after consecutive losses in key primaries, punctuated by Georgia nominating contests that saw Gov. Brian Kemp and Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger defeat challengers endorsed by the former president. Following losses by prominent Trump endorsees in GOP primaries in Idaho, Nebraska, and North Carolina, and mixed results for the former president in Pennsylvania, Republican voters in Georgia were rejecting Kemp's challenger, former Sen. David Perdue, by a whopping 50-plus percentage points with most precincts reporting Wednesday morning. Even the vulnerable Raffensperger won renomination, turning away Rep. Jody Hice, who failed, even, to hold the incumbent under 50% and force a runoff. It was a stinging rebuke for Trump — and his ability to wield unsupported claims that the 2020 election was stolen to leash Republican politicians. The 45th president sunk enormous political capital into Perdue and Hice, framing their primaries, and other Georgia nominating contests in which his candidates lost, as referendums on his argument about the last election. Trump insists he won Georgia, alleging Kemp and Raffensperger facilitated a...
    (CNN)There's no two ways of analyzing what happened Tuesday in Georgia: Donald Trump lost. Bigly.Since the 2020 election, the former President has been fixated on his loss in the state and two Republican politicians who he blamed for that defeat: Gov. Brian Kemp and Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger.Trump personally recruited primary challengers to both men and loudly and repeatedly proclaimed that he would help defeat them.It didn't work out that way.Kemp is currently leading former Sen. David Perdue by 52 -- not a typo -- points in the gubernatorial primary. Raffensperger is ahead of Rep. Jody Hice 52% to 33% in the secretary of state primary, avoiding an expected June runoff. (And in Georgia's Republican primary for attorney general, the Trump-endorsed candidate lost with just 26% of the vote.)Read MoreIt's impossible to look at those results -- and the attention, money and time that Trump dedicated to the state -- and see anything other than an utter political disaster for the former President. THE POINT -- NOW ON YOUTUBE! In each episode of his weekly YouTube show,...
    In assessing Tuesday’s GOP primary results in Georgia, Washington Examiner political and investigative reporter Sarah Westwood said a common thread among the winning candidates was their choice to not focus on past election fraud concerns. While incumbents Gov. Brian Kemp (R-GA) and Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger (R-GA) did not have former President Donald Trump’s endorsement, Westwood told Fox Business’s Maria Bartiromo Wednesday that their Republican primary victories are not rejections of “Trumpism.” “I don’t think that’s exactly what we’re seeing because the candidates that did [win], including Gov. Brian Kemp, still ran on the kinds of populist ideas that fueled Trump’s popularity, but what he didn’t do is focus on the 2020 election, and neither did Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, who also avoided a runoff,” Westwood said. Westwood noted that Republican voters appear ready to move forward. “They want to talk about plans for the economy, plans for keeping schools safe, and keeping leftist ideology out of the classrooms,” she said. “Those are the sorts of things that, I think, are compelling...
    By STEVE PEOPLES and JEFF AMY ATLANTA (AP) — Gov. Brian Kemp of Georgia easily dispatched Donald Trump’s hand-picked challenger on Tuesday in a Republican primary that demonstrated the limits of the former president and his conspiracy-fueled politics in a critical swing state. Kemp will face Democrat Stacey Abrams this fall in what will be one of the nation’s most consequential governor’s races. The GOP results, combined with the loss of the Trump-backed candidate for secretary of state, served as a stinging rebuke for the former president in a state he prioritized above almost all others. Angered by Kemp’s refusal to go along with his extraordinary effort to overturn the 2020 election results in Georgia, Trump personally recruited former Sen. David Perdue to challenge the sitting governor. He also helped clear the primary field and spent more than $3 million on the failed effort. Kemp ultimately emerged as a powerful candidate able to draw prolific fundraising totals that helped him flood Georgia with television and other ads. He tapped into the power of his office to show voters what he...
    (CNN)Tuesday's Georgia Republican gubernatorial primary between incumbent Gov. Brian Kemp and former US Senator and ardent Donald Trump supporter David Perdue was touted nationwide as an epic showdown between the former president and any Republican officeholder who dared to defy him after his defeat in the 2020 election. Kemp prevailed against Perdue Tuesday night in a major blow to the former president. Edward LindseyAfter Kemp's refusal to help block President Joe Biden's victory in Georgia in 2020, Trump condemned the governor and called on him to resign for his disloyalty, then repeatedly accused him of being a RINO -- "Republican in name only." Trump also said he was ashamed to have endorsed Kemp in 2018 and even asserted that Democrat Stacey Abrams "might be better" than Kemp as governor. Trump handpicked Perdue, his close political ally, to challenge Kemp, and then held rallies and fundraisers to support him. Trump and his aligned outside groups have poured millions of dollars into Georgia with one group flatly proclaiming in a video posted on Twitter, "You can't say you support Trump if...
    Democrats could face significant headwinds during the 2022 midterm election cycle — President Joe Biden continues to face poor job approval ratings. Americans have been getting walloped by roaring inflation and watching gas prices soar — as of Tuesday, the AAA national average price for a gallon of gas has reached $4.598. A recent AP-NORC poll of adults found that 67% disapprove of how the president is dealing with the economy, while just 33% approve. The poll also found that 56% think that high gas prices are more due to issues beyond Biden's control, while 44% think that the high prices are more due to the president's policies.
    Former President Donald Trump’s crusade for vengeance suffered a devastating blow on Tuesday after Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp won his primary despite rejecting Trump’s entreaties to overturn his 2020 election defeat in the state. Voters also demonstrated an openness to embracing scandal-plagued candidates — depending on the candidate, and the scandal. Here are some takeaways from Tuesday’s primary elections in Georgia, Alabama, Arkansas, Texas and Minnesota: TRUMP’S BIGGEST PRIMARY DEFEAT Trump had hoped to turn Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp into an example of the danger in defying him. Instead, Kemp on Tuesday became an example of how Republican incumbents might not have as much to fear from Trump as the former president would like. Kemp cruised past former U.S. Sen. David Perdue in the Republican primary, easily clearing the 50% threshold to avoid a runoff. The victory came a year and a half after Kemp rejected Trump’s demands to help overturn the presidential election by declaring Trump the winner in Georgia instead of Joe Biden, who actually won. Despite the former president’s efforts, Kemp comfortably led in polls and fundraising...
    ATLANTA — Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp celebrated an easy victory over Trump-backed GOP primary challenger David Perdue on Tuesday night at the College Football Hall of Fame, taking the stage as his focus turns to Democratic challenger Stacey Abrams, who refused to concede defeat when the two matched up four years ago. THE MANY TRIALS OF BRIAN KEMP “Tonight, because of your support, Georgia Republicans went to the ballot box and overwhelmingly endorsed four more years of our vision for this great state,” Kemp said, prompting chants of "Four more years!" from a fired-up crowd of supporters. Playing to the venue, he later said it was time to go 2-0 against Abrams. While former President Donald Trump endorsed Perdue, the former senator, nearly the entire Republican establishment turned out for Kemp. Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts, Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey, and former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie turned out for the embattled Peach State incumbent, as did former Vice President Mike Pence in a notable break from Trump. The Republican Governors Association backed Kemp too and issued...
    Gov. Brian Kemp won Georgia’s Republican gubernatorial primary Tuesday night, easily defeating former Sen. David Perdue in what became a divisive battle that was amplified by former President Donald Trump. The Associated Press called the race at about 8:30 p.m., and early results show Kemp winning in a blowout. Perdue conceded the election shortly after the race was called, saying, according to a clip of his remarks, “You know everything I said about Brian Kemp was true, but here’s the other thing I said was true, he is a much better choice than Stacey Abrams, and so we are going to get behind our governor.” WATCH: @DavidPerdueGA concedes the governors race to @BrianKempGA. Perdue says he will support Kemp to make sure @staceyabrams is not governor of Georgia. @FOX5Atlanta #gapol pic.twitter.com/vnVy4lESlj — Claire Simms (@Claire_FOX5) May 25, 2022 Perdue, a former CEO and one-term senator, mounted a challenge against Kemp in December, charging that Kemp “caved to Abrams and cost us two Senate seats, the Senate majority, and gave Joe Biden free reign.” Perdue had lost by a razor-thin margin in the...
    Georgia Attorney General Chris Carr won renomination Tuesday, marking another defeat for a Republican primary challenger backed by former President Donald Trump in the Peach State. Attorney John Gordon challenged Carr in the incumbent’s bid for a second term, embracing Trump’s unfounded claims that the 2020 election was stolen. HERSCHEL WALKER SET FOR GEORGIA FALL FIGHT VS. DEMOCRATIC SEN. RAPHAEL WARNOCK Carr, who has joined several lawsuits against President Joe Biden's administration on matters of policy, has said the president was elected legitimately. Carr reportedly resigned as chairman of the Republican Attorneys General Association in 2021 after the association's political arm ran a robocall urging supporters to “stop the steal” at the Capitol prior to the Jan. 6 riot. Carr told the Associated Press he was “infuriated” by the riot. “I thought it was one of the dark days in American history to see the attack on the Capitol as that occurred,” Carr said. Georgia, a state carried by President Joe Biden in 2020, is a key part of Trump’s claims of election...
    Voters in Georgia, Alabama, Texas, and Arkansas are selecting their GOP and Democrat nominees in several hotly contested primary states on Tuesday, while voters in a key congressional district in Minnesota will select who will represent their parties in the seat the late Rep. Jim Hagedorn (R-MN) once represented. Georgia’s banner race is the GOP governor primary, where incumbent Gov. Brian Kemp aims to fend off a primary challenge from former U.S. Sen. David Perdue (R-GA). Perdue, backed by former President Donald Trump in one of Trump’s highest profile intra-GOP fights to date, has trailed Kemp in many recent polls by significant margins but hopes that new voters not registering in polling data might make up the difference for him. The winner between Kemp and Perdue will face off against Democrat Stacey Abrams in November, as Abrams seeks to make her second bid for the governor’s mansion as the Democrat nominee official on Tuesday night while she runs uncontested in that party’s primary. Trump has many other endorsements on the line in the Peach State, too, and faces several tough...
    Georgia Governor Brian Kemp scored a victory over a Donald Trump-endorsed primary challenger on Tuesday night and will go on to fight for his re-election against Democrat Stacey Abrams in November. Kemp’s race against former Senator David Perdue was widely seen as a long-shot test of the former president’s endorsement strength. After surging ahead by roughly 50 points in early returns, the incumbent kept his wide lead over Perdue for more than an hour after polls closed. The New York Times declared Kemp the winner with roughly a quarter of the vote reported, getting 73.2 percent of the vote compared to Perdue's 22.3.  Trump had reportedly persuaded Perdue to run after the former business executive lost his Senate seat to Democrat Sen. Jon Ossoff. The ex-president helped Kemp to the Governor's Mansion in 2018 when he backed the then-Georgia Secretary of State for the role. Since then, however, Kemp's refusal to overturn his state's 2020 electoral count - which helped President Joe Biden clinch the White House - has made him among Trump's most frequent targets. Kemp's campaign told DailyMail.com:...
    Brian Kemp, center, walks with then President Donald Trump, and his challenger, former senator David Perdue at a rally in 2018. Mother Jones illustration; John Bazemore/AP Facts matter: Sign up for the free Mother Jones Daily newsletter. Support our nonprofit reporting. Subscribe to our print magazine.In a rebuke of Donald Trump and his wild lies about the 2020 election, Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp crushed his challenger, David Perdue, in the state’s Republican gubernatorial primary. Kemp needed to secure more than 50 percent of the vote to avoid a June run-off. Numerous news outlets projected that the incumbent would easily clear that bar, and Perdue reportedly called him to concede. Kemp’s victory sets up a high-profile general election rematch with Democrat Stacey Abrams. Trump seemed to view the Georgia primaries as an opportunity to mete out vengeance on Kemp, Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, and other Republican officials who refused to go along with his desperate attempts to overturn the state’s presidential election results in 2020. Nowhere did the former president fight harder to topple a Republican incumbent than in Georgia. Trump...
    Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp on Tuesday defeated former Sen. David Perdue in the state's Republican primary election for governor, handing former President Donald Trump his biggest electoral setback since his own defeat two years ago.   Trump had vowed revenge on Kemp, who refused to overturn President Joe Biden's 2020 Georgia win, the first by a Democratic nominee since 1992.  Still smarting from the loss, Trump has done everything in his power to kick Kemp out of office. Not only did he recruit, promote, and clear the primary field for Perdue, but Trump also recorded television ads against Kemp and gave $2.6 million to groups helping Perdue — the most the former president has ever invested in another politician. Members of the "MAGA-verse" have also kept up their verbal attacks on Kemp, calling him unpatriotic and blaming him for everything from inflation to the war in Ukraine. GEORGIA'S DAVID PERDUE SET TO BE THE BIGGEST TRUMP ENDORSEMENT FACE-PLANT TO DATE Early returns showed Kemp winning a healthy majority, and Perdue conceded about 90 minutes after polls closed at 7 p.m. EST. “I just...
    For the second time in less than two years, Georgia voters have dealt an embarrassing defeat to former Sen. David Perdue—and, by extension, to former President Donald Trump. On Tuesday night, Gov. Brian Kemp easily defeated Perdue in the Republican gubernatorial primary, with such a commanding lead that the Associated Press called the race by 8:30 p.m. That resounding victory means Kemp will head into his November rematch against Democrat Stacey Abrams without having to endure even a runoff contest against Perdue. That result is likely to be the biggest black mark on Trump’s endorsement record in this 2022 election season, which he is using to try and demonstrate his hold over the GOP. Despite Trump endorsing Perdue, campaigning personally for him, and diverting over $5 million to his campaign, Georgia Republicans decisively voted for someone who Trump has viciously attacked and blamed for his loss in the 2020 election. Many Republican voters might believe that Trump lost unfairly, but if Georgia’s primary was a test, they clearly were not ready to fire Kemp over it. Meanwhile, Perdue, who...
    By STEVE PEOPLES and JEFF AMY ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp has defeated his Donald Trump-backed challenger David Perdue after a furious push by the former president to punish Kemp for not overturning the 2020 election results. Kemp’s victory on Tuesday sets up another general election race against Democrat Stacey Abrams, who was unopposed in her primary. The November rematch of their 2018 contest is likely to be one of the nation’s most expensive and closely watched. Perdue was courted by Trump to enter the race as retribution for Kemp not going along with the former president’s effort to overturn his defeat in Georgia’s 2020 election. Perdue embraced Trump’s election lies, opening two debates between the candidates with the claim that the 2020 balloting was “rigged and stolen.” Election officials found no evidence of fraud after multiple reviews. Kemp survived the challenge by using the power of his incumbency to push a raft of legislation through Georgia’s Republican-controlled legislature. He signed measures that cut taxes, allowed people to carry concealed handguns without permits and helped ban transgender girls...
    Photo credit: John Baze, via Getty Images. Gov. Brian Kemp (R-GA) will easily fend off a primary challenge from Trump-backed former Sen. David Perdue (R-GA), according to a projection. Insider and DecisionDeskHQ called the race before 8 p.m. ET. Kemp was leading Perdue by more than 72 points with 16% of precincts reporting. BREAKING: Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp wins the GOP nomination & defeats Trump-endorsed primary challenger David Perdue, Insider and @DecisionDeskHQ project. Perdue is the third Trump-backed governor candidate to lose in as many weeks https://t.co/Sie3a6qeqA pic.twitter.com/zLhCJkWtjm — Grace Panetta (@grace_panetta) May 24, 2022 Kemp drew the ire if former President Donald Trump after he refused to lend credence to claims the 2020 election was stolen in Georgia. Perdue, who embraced Trump’s claims during his campaign, never connected with Republican voters, despite the fact he was strongly endorsed by Trump. Kemp will face Democrat Stacey Abrams in November for a rematch of the razor-thin 2018 race. Abrams ran unopposed Tuesday. In their 2018 matchup, Kemp won by a mere 54,723 votes. According to a recent general election poll from WXIA...