Thursday, October 28, 2021

Georgia rally marks the beginning of GOP primary “Trump ticket”

Perry, Ga. – Prizes for an early Donald Trump endorsement were displayed in Georgia on Saturday when a three-man ticket from the candidates he supported in the 2022 Republican primary was featured at one of his signature rallies. But GOP opponents of Trump-backed candidates are not folding in Georgia and some say the former president’s approval could hurt Republicans in a general election in the closely divided state.

Trump’s endorsement is an obvious attempt to remake the Blitz Party in his image, with Republicans eagerly siding with him. But like everything about the former president, it’s a rules-rewriting approach, said Casey Dominguez, a professor of political science at the University of San Diego.

“We haven’t seen presidents in recent years trying to drive a wedge within their party, which happens in a primary election,” Dominguez said. He is doing factional politics in the party.

It’s easy to see why they want Trump’s support. He maintains overwhelming support among Republican voters. Ballotpedia, which tracks Trump endorsements, says the candidates he endorses have won 37 of 43 competitive primaries since 2017.

Trump joined the rally in Perry, about 100 miles south of Atlanta, backed by three candidates, including Herschel Walker, who recently launched a Senate campaign. Trump had urged the former football great to challenge Democratic US Sen. Raphael Warnock.

In his first public appearance since entering the race, Walker spoke about his relationship with Trump on Saturday, but urged his listeners to “come together as one people” and not bother others. did “because they disagree with you.”

Also speaking was US Representative Jody Haise, Trump’s pick against Georgia Secretary of State Brad Riffensperger. While Riffensperger rejected the former president’s urging to “find” enough votes to reverse Trump’s narrow defeat to Democratic President Joe Biden in Georgia, Hiss objected to Georgia voters in Congress.

Completing all three is Sen. Bert Jones, an early Trump supporter who pushed for measures to reverse Biden’s Georgia victory and is running for lieutenant governor.

The rally, however, was about Trump, who remains the star of his own show as many supporters arrived wearing Trump gear.

Despite a lack of credible evidence to support Trump’s allegations of massive voter fraud, the former president has continued to push the “Big Lie,” which he has turned into a litmus test for GOP candidates. Despite dozens of state and local election officials, several judges, and Trump’s own attorney general saying Biden won fairly, most Republican voters still believe the election was stolen.

Although some primary areas have been won with Trump’s support, this has not happened in Georgia.

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