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Kemp, Raffensperger Overcome Anger and Trump's Disapproval in Georgia

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Many conservative Georgians, motivated by former President Donald Trump, are still angry that Republican Gov. Brian Kemp and Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger didn’t do …
Many conservative Georgians, motivated by former President Donald Trump, are still angry that Republican Gov. Brian Kemp and Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger didn’t do more to investigate claims of widespread fraud related to the 2020 election. That displeasure didn’t prevent the two incumbents from winning their respective GOP primaries on May 24. Kemp, who was endorsed by former Vice President Mike Pence, prevailed in a landslide over Trump-backed David Perdue. Raffensperger avoided a runoff by surpassing 50 percent of the vote and defeated Trump-endorsed U.S. Rep. Jody Hice (R–Ga.).
“In essence, [former] president Trump, along with his supporters’ grievances from the 2020 Presidential Election, is on the ballot,” national politics expert Peter Bergerson, a political science professor with Florida Gulf Coast University before the primary. Kemp earned a resounding victory with 883,263 votes (73.70 percent) compared to Hice’s 261,278 (21.80 percent), according to updated figures from Decision Desk HQ on May 25. Trump personally recruited Perdue to challenge the incumbent governor. Kemp had his share of support from Republicans and even Trump supporters who are satisfied with his performance. A Republican Party county chair in Georgia who is a staunch Trump supporter told The Epoch Times that, aside from questions about how he responded to the election fraud claims in 2020, Kemp has “done an admirable job and deserves another term.”
“He is a conservative who managed the COVID crisis effectively and, as a result, businesses and communities in Georgia are better off than states with governors who shut down for a longer period of time,” he said.
“We need true conservative leadership across the board in Georgia, and he [Kemp] does that.”
A northwest Georgia voter named Diane, who backed Trump-endorsed Herschel Walker in the U.S. Senate primary and Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene in Georgia’s 14th Congressional District primary, said she also cast her ballot for Kemp.
“He cares about issues that are important to Georgia, and he is focused on solutions and not politics,” Diane said outside a voting precinct in Dallas, Georgia, on May 24.
“He is pro-life. He protects the Second Amendment.

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