Georgia GOP candidates Brian Kemp, running for governor, and Herschel Walker, running for the U.S. Senate, have each won their GOP primary races while Democratic candidates Stacey Abrams and Raphael Warnock locked up their party’s gubernatorial and senate nominations, respectively, on Tuesday night during the Peach State’s primary, Decision Desk HQ has announced.
The incumbent governor Kemp, who was endorsed by former Vice President Mike Pence, defeated several other candidates, including former Senator David Perdue (R-GA) who was endorsed by former President Donald Trump. Abrams ran unopposed. On Monday, The Daily Wire reported that Pence appeared at a campaign rally for Kemp on Monday night. Trump also joined a tele-rally for Perdue on Monday, despite reports that he had backed away from his endorsement.
“The Kemp campaign, together with Fake News NBC, has put out a phony narrative that I have given up on David Perdue in Georgia,” Trump said on his social media site, Truth Social, regarding that report.
“That is completely false!” he added. “I am with David all the way because Brian Kemp was the worst governor in the country on election integrity!”
Pence, meanwhile, said that Kemp was his “friend, a man dedicated to faith, family and the people of Georgia.”
“I am proud to offer my full support for four more years of Brian Kemp as governor of the great state of Georgia,” he added.
As pointed out by Business Insider’s Grace Panetta, Perdue is now the third Trump-endorsed gubernatorial candidate “to lose in as many weeks.”
“BREAKING: Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp wins the GOP nomination & defeats Trump-endorsed primary challenger David Perdue, Insider and @DecisionDeskHQ project. Perdue is the third Trump-backed governor candidate to lose in as many weeks,” Panetta tweeted.
BREAKING: Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp wins the GOP nomination & defeats Trump-endorsed primary challenger David Perdue, Insider and @DecisionDeskHQ project. Perdue is the third Trump-backed governor candidate to lose in as many weeks https://t.co/Sie3a6qeqA pic.twitter.com/zLhCJkWtjm
— Grace Panetta (@grace_panetta) May 24, 2022
With 23% of the vote in, Kemp has 126,502 votes, Perdue has 35,722, Kandiss Taylor has 5,735 votes, Catherine Davis has 1,434 votes, and Tom Williams has 471 votes.
Walker, a Heisman Trophy winner and University of Georgia football legend, was endorsed by both Trump, as well as Senate Minority leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY). Walker won with nearly 70% of the vote, according to Decision Desk HQ. He defeated six other candidates. He will now face Democratic candidate and incumbent senator Warnock.
This article was expanded after publication to include additional information.