September 28, 2022
Polls close in Georgia as Trump faces biggest test since 2020

WASHINGTON — In his biggest electoral defeat since he lost the presidency in 2020, former President Donald Trump’s crusade to oust Georgia Republican Gov. Brian Kemp failed Tuesday, as NBC News projected his favored candidate David Perdue is on track to lose by a wide margin.

Trump has devoted much of his post-presidency to punishing Republicans who defied his efforts to overturn the 2020 election, and none more so than Kemp. The former president recruited a top-tier challenger in Perdue, a former U.S. Senator, appeared in TV ads for him, and helped fund his campaign.

But Perdue’s campaign struggled to get off the ground from the beginning and differentiate himself from Kemp on anything other than election issue, which proved to be an issue not nearly as important to Georgia Republican primary voters as it is to Trump, who privately washed his hands of Perdue.

Still, Trump notched one win when football star Herschel Walker cruised to the Republican nomination for Senate, NBC News projects, and will face off against Democratic Sen. Raphael Warnock in what is expected to be one of the most expensive Senate races in U.S. history and rare case of two Black candidates going-head-to-head in November.

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