Mike Collins defeats Trump-backed Vernon Jones in Georgia primary

Businessman Mike Collins beat former Georgia State Rep. Vernon Jones in Tuesday’s runoff of Republican primaries for the 10th congressional district, according to Newsmax campaign partner Decision Desk HQ. .

Former President Donald Trump had endorsed Jones after leaving the Georgia gubernatorial election in February when former Sen. David Perdue, R-Ga., entered. Jones, 61, is a well-known figure among Republican voters. He appeared regularly on television after changing his party affiliation from Democrat to Republican and has since become a strong advocate for black Republicans.

Collins received an endorsement from Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp last week, spending much of his campaign attacking Jones for his past, particularly regarding women. He also frequently highlighted Jones’ history with the Democratic Party.

Both qualified for the second round of elections after neither secured a majority of votes on May 24. In that race, businessman Timothy Barr and Navy veteran Paul C. Broun failed to qualify with 14.4% and 13.4% of the vote, respectively.

The win for Collins, who has presented himself as a staunch conservative despite not having Trump’s backing, is another loss for the former Georgia president, The Hill noted.

Other Trump-backed Georgia candidates in 2022, including Perdue and Rep. Jody Hice, who left the 10th District to run for attorney general, lost their respective primaries last month.

Nevertheless, Trump’s approval still seems to prevail across the country. Last Tuesday, Trump-backed candidates Adam Laxalt and Las Vegas Sheriff Joe Lombardo in Nevada and House hopeful Kevin Kiley in California easily won their primary races.

Collins will face Democrat Tabitha Johnson-Green, who beat Jessica Fore in their runoff.

But winning the runoff means Collins will likely take the seat in November. According to FiveThirtyEight, the redistricting increased the seat’s partisan vote index from R+28 to R+31.

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