Trump-backed candidates lose badly in major GOP primaries

Tuesday’s primary and runoff elections saw two Trump-backed candidates suffer massive losses as the former president’s approval record suffers recent setbacks.

Both Trump-endorsed candidates in Georgia lost their Republican congressional races in the state’s runoff on Tuesday. Trump-endorsed Jake Evans of the 6th Congressional District lost to Dr. Rich McCormick by 33 points, and Vernon Jones lost his run in the 10th Congressional District by 49 points to Mike-endorsed Republican Gov. Brian Kemp Collins.

Last month, Trump-backed Jody Hice also lost his Republican nomination for Georgia’s secretary of state. However, Trump-endorsed Katie Britt of Alabama picked up a 26-point victory for her nomination for the Senate seat.

Democratic and Republican congressional seats as well as Democratic secretary of state and lieutenant governor nominations were up for grabs in Georgia, testing the approval credentials of Democratic gubernatorial candidates Stacey Abrams and Donald Trump. Virginia had only two contested congressional seats up for grabs in the primary, but the races were hotly contested due to the number of candidates vying for the seats.

Katie Britt and Moe Brooks. (Sean Gardner/Getty Images) (Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images)

In Georgia, Stacey Abrams-backed candidate Bee Nguyen won the Democratic nomination for secretary of state against challenger Dee Dawkins-Haigler. Nguyen, state representative, led by 26 points in the primary, but unable to cross the threshold to win without a second round; she will face GOP candidate Brad Raffensperger in the general election.

Charlie Bailey secured the Democratic nomination for lieutenant governor of Georgia and Tabitha Johnson-Green won the Democratic congressional runoff from the 10th congressional district.

In Georgia’s 2nd Congressional District, it was a close 3-point race for Chris West to win the GOP runoff and a 41-point victory for Mark Gonsalves in the 7th Congressional District.

In Virginia, the 2nd congressional district had four candidates to choose from, with Jen Kiggans, a state senator, winning with 55.8 percent of the vote. Six candidates were vying for the Republican nomination in Virginia’s 7th congressional district, with Yesli Vega, a police officer, expected to secure victory.

Virginia underwent a redistricting that caused the 2nd congressional district to lean more towards Republicans and the 7th to lean more towards Democrats.

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