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Incumbent Republican Governor Brian Kemp of Georgia is expected to survive a main challenge by former Sen. David Perdue, who received former President Donald Trump’s biggest endorsement and financial aid he has given to a candidate so far.

Trump-backed candidates appeared to be sinking Tuesday night in Georgia, although his favorite Senate candidate, Herschel Walker, is expected to win the Republican nomination. But CBS News predicted Attorney General Chris Carr survived the challenge from Trump-backed John Gordon.

And CBS News projected Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, whom Trump asked in January 2021 to “find” enough votes to overturn the results, will win the Republican nomination over his challenger, Trump-backed U.S. Representative Jody Hice. He was one of the House Republicans who challenged the election results in Pennsylvania and Arizona on January 6, 2021.

“I thought the vast majority of Georgians were looking for honest people for elections. Someone who would do their job, obey the law, watch over them, whatever the personal cost to do so,” Raffensperger said. “Standing up for you, standing up for the rule of law and the integrity of elections, and standing up for the truth – and not giving in to pressure, that’s what the people want. I was elected to serve the people and so I will. And that’s what I did.”

Trump had targeted Republicans in Georgia for failing to overturn the 2020 election results.

Kemp, meanwhile, will face Democrat Stacey Abrams, whom he defeated in 2018.

Election 2022 Georgia
Republican Governor Brian Kemp waves to supporters during an election watch party, Tuesday, May 24, 2022, in Atlanta. Kemp easily rebuffed a GOP lead challenge from former U.S. Senator David Perdue on Tuesday, who was backed by former President Donald Trump.

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“I fully support Brian Kemp in his race to beat Stacey Abrams,” Perdue told his supporters in his concession speech. “We’re going to do everything we can to make sure Stacey Abrams doesn’t take over this state.”

Without mentioning Kemp’s victory, Trump called Walker’s victory party, touting his “big numbers.” Walker noted that “the big game is in November,” when he faces incumbent Senator Raphael Warnock.

In one of the closely watched House primaries, CBS News screened Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene will win the Republican nomination in Georgia’s conservative 14th district, easily beating a number of challengers.

In his victory remarks, Greene issued a stark warning to establishment Republicans and “globalist elites.” “Sending me back to Washington will send a message to the bloodsucking establishment. We will be setting the political agenda for the next decade, not them,” she said.

In Georgia’s main Democratic primary, two incumbents faced off in the new 7th District. CBS News projected that Rep. Lucy McBath, who was redistributed out of Georgia’s 6th District, will defeat Rep. Carolyn Bourdeaux, who represented Georgia’s 7th District.

Alabama and Arkansas also hold primaries on Tuesday. Trump has made his preferences known in the Senate race for the open seat in Alabama twice. He initially backed longtime loyalist Mo Brooks but later changed his mind and dropped his endorsement in March when Brooks struggled in the polls. After Trump withdrew his endorsement, Brooks, who was one of the congressmen who opposed the election results, said the former president “asked me to cancel the 2020 election.”

But despite losing Trump’s endorsement, CBS News predicted that Brooks and Katie Britt, the current former chief of staff of Sen. Richard Shelby, would advance to a runoff.

In Arkansas, CBS News projected that former Trump White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders won the gubernatorial primary, after leading the pack in fundraising and polls. Her father, Mike Huckabee, served as governor of Arkansas from 1996 to 2007.

A few crucial runoffs are happening in Texas, which faced a shooting Tuesday near San Antonio. In Texas’ 28th District, incumbent Rep. Henry Cuellar takes on Jessica Cisneros after Cuellar fell short of 50 percent of the vote in the March 1 primary. Tuesday evening, less than 200 votes separated the two.

CBS News predicted that Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton will win the Republican nomination, easily beating Lands Commissioner George P. Bush. While Paxton is mired in numerous scandals, Bush – the son of former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, nephew of former President George W. Bush and grandson of former President George HW Bush – has couldn’t get over his last name.

According to an April poll by the Texas Hispanic Policy Foundation, 40% of Republican primary voters said they would never vote for Bush. Two-thirds of those voters said it was because he was a member of the Bush family. Forty-one percent said they would not vote for Bush because he is not conservative enough.

Bush tweeted a concession and drew attention to Tuesday’s shooting in Uvalde, Texas, which left at least 19 children and two adults dead.

“But after the tragic events of earlier today, it’s important to keep life’s temporary disappointments in perspective,” Bush said. “There are grieving relatives in South Texas today. My family and I mourn with them.”

Bo Erickson contributed to this story.

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