ATLANTA — Donald Trump’s campaign to play kingmaker in this year’s U.S. midterm elections faced its biggest test yet on Tuesday, as polls closed in Georgia primaries and Republican voters waited to see whether Governor Brian Kemp weathered Trump’s bid to oust him.
Trump has backed former U.S. Senator David Perdue’s primary challenge against Kemp, who angered the former president by refusing to try to overturn his defeat in the 2020 election.
While opinion polls show Kemp holding a wide lead over Perdue, another Trump-endorsed candidate, former football star Herschel Walker, is favored to snag the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate in Georgia – though some party leaders are worried he could prove to be a flawed general election candidate.
Whoever wins, the environment appears increasingly favorable to Republicans in the run up to November’s midterms. According to a Reuters/Ipsos opinion poll completed on Tuesday, President Joe Biden’s approval rating has fallen to 36%, the lowest level of his presidency, reflecting voter worries over rising inflation.