Why Trump Can’t Win Over This Red State

Gage Skidmore from Surprise, AZ, United States of America, CC BY-SA 2.0 , via Wikimedia Commons

Trump keeps failing here.

During the primary race, Trump’s endorsed candidates have not performed as well as he had hoped, with Georgia’s primary being the foremost example of former President Trump’s grip on the Republican Party potentially weakening. 

In Georgia, Trump’s revenge-driven attempt to stop Gov. Brian Kemp (R) and Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger (R) from being reelected in the primary was unsuccessful as both of his preferred congressional candidates did not secure a win during this week’s election.
So far, six of the president’s eight endorsed candidates have been unsuccessful in securing their primaries. The two exceptions have been Senate candidates Herschel Walker and Burt Jones. 

However, experts suggest that Trump is still popular in the state, even though his endorsement powers are limited. 

“The big takeaway of all of this is that we should be skeptical of any proposition that suggests an endorsement from Donald Trump is the be all end all of winning a race,” said Andrea Gillespie, an Emory University in Atlanta associate professor of political science. “Endorsements are important, but you need more than endorsements to be able to win an election.”

Georgia has been a point of contention for Trump since the 2020 election, as he lost the state to Biden by 11,000 votes. The state had not been blue since the 1992 presidential election. Republicans also lost both Senate seats during the January 2021 runoff elections. 

Trump also blames two Georgia officials for not assisting him to keep the White House. Raffensperger, who did not succumb to Trump’s pressure to overturn the 2020 election results, and Kemp, who certified the state’s election results. 

Both of them successfully won their primaries now, with Kemp defeating former Sen. David Perdue (R-Ga.) with over 50 points and Raffensperger defeating Rep. Jody Hice (R-Ga.) with 19 points.

“Perdue and Hice were running exclusively on the stolen election and nothing else,” said Alan Abramowitz, an Emory University political scientist.

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