- The Republicans are nominating incumbent Brian Kemp for the gubernatorial election in Georgia.
- Kemp prevailed in the primary against David Perdue, who was supported by ex-President Donald Trump.
- The decision is explosive, as many observers see the primary as a test of strength for Trump within the party.
Kemp will face Democrat Stacey Abrams in November, whom he defeated in the last election in 2018.
The result also puts a damper on ex-President Donald Trump. He had declared Kemp and Georgia’s Secretary of the Interior Brad Raffensperger archenemies because they refused to overturn the result in Trump’s favor in the 2020 presidential election. US President Joe Biden had won against Trump in the 10 million state by a hair’s breadth.
Trump then sharply criticized Kemp several times and ported former Senator David Perdue to the primary. He even encouraged another Republican to drop out of the race to clear the way for a Perdue win.
But Perdue could not prevail despite the massive backing of the heavyweight division. Even in the polls, he was far behind Kemp. He, in turn, could count on the support of Trump’s former Vice President Mike Pence, who, like Trump himself, is said to have ambitions for a presidential candidacy in 2024.