Will Trump prevail?
Having targeted Georgia Governor Brian Kemp for the better part of 18 months, former President Donald Trump took his final shot on the eve of the Peach state’s primary.
Taking aim at the governor one last time before voters head to the polls, Trump voiced his support for Kemp’s challenger, former Senate David Perdue, while expressing his disdain for Kemp.
During a tele-rally on Monday on behalf of Perdue, Trump said, “Brian Kemp is truly an embarrassment to the Republican Party because of what’s taken place in your great state, Georgia,” adding that “David will make a massive upgrade as your governor.”
Georgia is a critical battleground state for general elections and was one of three states holding primaries on Tuesday, the other being Alabama and Arkansas. Primary runoffs for attorney general and Congress are also taking place on Tuesday in Texas.
And although Trump doesn’t appear on any of the ballots, the primaries are a significant showdown for the former President, who needs major wins to solidify his influence in the GOP; those who find themselves in the former President’s ire have also not taken Trump’s influence for granted.
Speaking to Fox News on Monday (May 23), Kemp said, “I’m running like we’re 10 points down.”
He added, “We’ve been all over this state reminding people do not believe any polls. The only thing that matters is on election day, we’ve got to get out and win and win big.”
But Kemp wasn’t always on Trump’s hit list four years ago, Kemp narrowly defeated Democrat Stacey Abrams with the support of Trump.
That would change in 2020 when Kemp certified the 2020 presidential election results after two recounts of the vote.