Who expected this?
As Georgia’s GOP primaries near, taking place on Tuesday (May 24), the stakes could not be higher for former President Donald Trump.
As many states have already conducted primaries, Georgia will be the latest test of Trump’s influence on the Republican Party. But with the odds stacked against his candidate, Trump could fail the test.
If Trump’s candidate loses in Georgia, this wouldn’t be his first high-profile loss. This week Trump candidates received mixed results, although Trump had several wins, not all of his endorsed candidates walked away with victories, and those who did may not have Trump’s support to thank for the victory.
Georgia will prove whether Trump’s backing has weight among Republican voters.
Since incumbent Governor Brian Kemp refused to support Trump’s efforts to overturn the 2020 presidential election, the former President has taken aim at the Georgia Republican, choosing to back his primary opponent, former Senator David Perdue.
Unfortunately for Trump, Republican voters aren’t heeding his choice, at least according to recent polls.
On Wednesday (May 18), Fox News released a poll showing Kemp has a 30-point lead over Perdue, a margin that has widened since March when Kemp only led Perdue by 11 points. This poll showed Kemp had received support from 60 percent of the voters, compared to Perdue’s 28 percent.
RealClearPolitics showed similar results, with Kemp leading Perdue by 25 points when the poll was released on Thursday evening.
The reason Kemp has remained popular among Republican voters is his conservative values, causing Perdue to only be able to point to one flaw: his unwillingness to cooperate with Trump’s attempts to overturn the 2020 presidential election, an argument that seems to be failing Perdue miserably.