Saturday, September 23, 2023

Ga., Ala. Primaries Deliver Mixed Bag for Trump, MAGA

'But before Trump detractors celebrate, keep in mind that both winners - #GA06 Rich McCormick and #GA10 Mike Collins - are fairly hardcore MAGA...'

(Mark Pellin, Headline USA) After former President Donald Trump suffered a bitter primary-endorsement rebuke last month with elections muddler and MAGA nemesis Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger securing victory, the Peach State on Tuesday delivered more setbacks for Trump endorsements.

Two Trump-backed candidates got steamrolled in the state’s GOP congressional primary runoff elections.

Tuesday’s tallies weren’t all bad news for Team Trump, however, with recently Trump-endorsed Katie Britt notching a win over formerly Trump-endorsed and MAGA enthusiast Mo Brooks in Alabama’s GOP Senate primary runoff.

Britt’s victory almost assuredly will translate to a win in November in deep red territory, and it marks an end to one of the more tumultuous GOP primaries this year.

Trump handed his endorsement to Britt after she was solidly ahead in polling, and after the slumping Brooks fell out of favor with Trump for telling the former president to move on from his 2020 election claims.

Alabama has spoken. We want new blood. We want fresh blood,” Britt said at her victory party.

“We want someone who will fight for Christian conservative values, who will fight for the freedoms and liberties this nation was founded on and will fight for the American dream for the next generation and the next generation.”

Back in Georgia, Trump-backed Vernon Jones, a former Democrat turned MAGA fan, got waxed by trucking company owner Mike Collins in the state’s 10th Congressional District runoff.

Collins, who describes himself as a “conservative fighter” and an “America First, Pro-Trump, outsider,” pulled nearly 80% of the vote, according to Fox News.

Similar to Britt in Alabama, Collins will be a heavy favorite in November and said he plans to carry a pro-liberty, MAGA message for the campaign.

Another Georgia general election favorite, Marine veteran and physician Rich McCormick, walloped Trump-backed Jake Evans to win the state’s 6th Congressional District runoff.

While Trump headlined a tele-rally on primary eve for Evans, McCormick said he expected to work together closely with the the pro-MAGA, pro-America First movement to ensure a November victory.

“I expect Donald Trump to call us because we’re gonna be friends together, and we’re gonna move forward together because that’s what the party is about,” McCormick said in his primary victory speech.

“This shouldn’t be about any former president. It shouldn’t be about a future president. It should be about a party that understands what’s at stake here.”

And while both Trump-backed candidates took a Georgia tumble, MAGA still came out a winner, opined Cook Political Report’s Dave Wasserman.

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