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Politics Georgia rally to mark debut of GOP primary 'Trump ticket'

16:40  25 september  2021
16:40  25 september  2021 Source:   msn.com

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ATLANTA (AP) — The rewards of an early Donald Trump endorsement will be on display Saturday in Georgia when a three-man ticket of candidates he's backing in 2022 Republican primaries will be featured at one of his signature rallies. But GOP opponents of Trump-backed candidates aren't folding in Georgia and some say the former president's nod could hurt Republicans in a general election in the closely divided state.

Donald John Trump Jr., right, shakes hands with Georgia state Sen. Burt Jones who is running for Lt. Governor, Wednesday, Sept. 22, 2021, in Marietta, Ga. The rewards of an early Donald Trump endorsement will be on display Saturday in Georgia. A three-man ticket of candidates he’s backing in 2022 Republican primaries for statewide office will take the stage with him.  Completing the trio is Jones, an early Trump supporter who pushed measures to overturn President Joe Biden’s Georgia win.   (AP Photo/Mike Stewart) © Provided by Associated Press Donald John Trump Jr., right, shakes hands with Georgia state Sen. Burt Jones who is running for Lt. Governor, Wednesday, Sept. 22, 2021, in Marietta, Ga. The rewards of an early Donald Trump endorsement will be on display Saturday in Georgia. A three-man ticket of candidates he’s backing in 2022 Republican primaries for statewide office will take the stage with him. Completing the trio is Jones, an early Trump supporter who pushed measures to overturn President Joe Biden’s Georgia win. (AP Photo/Mike Stewart) Georgia state Sen. Burt Jones who is running for Lt. Governor speaks to a crowd during a rally, Wednesday, Sept. 22, 2021, in Marietta, Ga.  The rewards of an early Donald Trump endorsement will be on display Saturday in Georgia. A three-man ticket of candidates he’s backing in 2022 Republican primaries for statewide office will take the stage with him.  Completing the trio is Jones, an early Trump supporter who pushed measures to overturn President Joe Biden’s Georgia win. (AP Photo/Mike Stewart) © Provided by Associated Press Georgia state Sen. Burt Jones who is running for Lt. Governor speaks to a crowd during a rally, Wednesday, Sept. 22, 2021, in Marietta, Ga. The rewards of an early Donald Trump endorsement will be on display Saturday in Georgia. A three-man ticket of candidates he’s backing in 2022 Republican primaries for statewide office will take the stage with him. Completing the trio is Jones, an early Trump supporter who pushed measures to overturn President Joe Biden’s Georgia win. (AP Photo/Mike Stewart)

Trump's endorsement blitz is a frank attempt to keep remaking the party in his image, with Republicans eagerly courting his favor. But like everything else about the former president, it's a rule-rewriting approach, said Casey Dominguez, a political science professor at the University of San Diego.

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FILE - In this Sept. 11, 2021 file photo, former Georgia running back and Republican candidate for US Senate Herschel Walker greets fans before a college football game between UAB and in Atlanta. The rewards of an early Donald Trump endorsement will be on display Saturday, Sept. 25 in Georgia. A three-man ticket of candidates he’s backing in 2022 Republican primaries for statewide office will take the stage with him.   (AP Photo/John Bazemore) © Provided by Associated Press FILE - In this Sept. 11, 2021 file photo, former Georgia running back and Republican candidate for US Senate Herschel Walker greets fans before a college football game between UAB and in Atlanta. The rewards of an early Donald Trump endorsement will be on display Saturday, Sept. 25 in Georgia. A three-man ticket of candidates he’s backing in 2022 Republican primaries for statewide office will take the stage with him. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

“We haven't seen presidents in recent years try to drive a wedge within their own party, which is what happens in a primary election,” Dominguez said. “He's playing factional politics in the party.”

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

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Trump will be joined at the rally in Perry, about 100 miles (160 kilometers) south of Atlanta by three candidates he has endorsed, including Herschel Walker, who recently launched a Senate campaign. Trump urged the former football great to challenge Democratic U.S. Sen. Raphael Warnock.

Also speaking will be U.S. Rep Jody Hice, Trump’s choice against Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger. While Raffensperger refused the former president’s entreaties to "find" enough votes to overturn Trump’s narrow loss to Democratic President Joe Biden in Georgia, Hice objected to Georgia's electors in Congress.

Donald John Trump Jr. speaks during a rally for Georgia state Sen. Burt Jones who is running for Lt. Governor, Wednesday, Sept. 22, 2021, in Marietta, Ga.  The rewards of an early Donald Trump endorsement will be on display Saturday in Georgia. A three-man ticket of candidates he’s backing in 2022 Republican primaries for statewide office will take the stage with him.  Completing the trio is Jones, an early Trump supporter who pushed measures to overturn President Joe Biden’s Georgia win.  (AP Photo/Mike Stewart) © Provided by Associated Press Donald John Trump Jr. speaks during a rally for Georgia state Sen. Burt Jones who is running for Lt. Governor, Wednesday, Sept. 22, 2021, in Marietta, Ga. The rewards of an early Donald Trump endorsement will be on display Saturday in Georgia. A three-man ticket of candidates he’s backing in 2022 Republican primaries for statewide office will take the stage with him. Completing the trio is Jones, an early Trump supporter who pushed measures to overturn President Joe Biden’s Georgia win. (AP Photo/Mike Stewart)

Completing the trio is state Sen. Burt Jones, an early Trump supporter who pushed measures to overturn Biden’s Georgia win and is running for lieutenant governor.

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The rally, though, is likely to be all about Trump, who remains the star of his own show. Supporters arrive wearing Trump gear, and sometimes say they’ve never heard of the people he’s endorsed.

Despite a lack of credible evidence to support Trump’s allegations of mass voter fraud, the former president has continued to push the “Big Lie” that he won, turning it into a litmus test for GOP candidates. A majority of Republican voters continue to believe the election was stolen, despite dozens of state and local elections officials, numerous judges and Trump’s own attorney general saying Biden won fairly.

FILE - In this Jan. 4, 2021 file photo, President Donald Trump arrives to speak at a campaign rally for Sen. Kelly Loeffler, R-Ga., and David Perdue at Dalton Regional Airport, in Dalton, Ga. The rewards of an early Donald Trump endorsement will be on display Saturday, Sept. 25 in Georgia. A three-man ticket of candidates he’s backing in 2022 Republican primaries for statewide office will take the stage with him. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci) © Provided by Associated Press FILE - In this Jan. 4, 2021 file photo, President Donald Trump arrives to speak at a campaign rally for Sen. Kelly Loeffler, R-Ga., and David Perdue at Dalton Regional Airport, in Dalton, Ga. The rewards of an early Donald Trump endorsement will be on display Saturday, Sept. 25 in Georgia. A three-man ticket of candidates he’s backing in 2022 Republican primaries for statewide office will take the stage with him. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Although some primary fields have been winnowed by Trump's endorsement — including in Wyoming where some Republicans dropped out of a primary against U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney after Trump tapped challenger Harriet Hageman — that hasn't happened in Georgia.

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Walker faces three other Republicans including Gary Black, the state agriculture commissioner. Black has attacked Walker, saying he’s untested. On Monday, Black rolled out endorsements from 55 state lawmakers, laying them atop endorsements from 76 county sheriffs, former Gov. Nathan Deal and former U.S. Rep Doug Collins, a onetime Trump favorite.

“It's OK to be a fan of Herschel Walker the football player," Black said. “But it's also OK to want to win the Senate back and save our country from the chaos it's in now. Georgians need an electable choice who can stand up to the national Democrats and $100 million or more in attack ads.”

Jones describes himself as an underdog in his primary against a powerful business-backed state senator, but said after a Wednesday appearance with Donald Trump Jr. that the former president's backing “is going to be a pretty loud intercom saying this is a guy who will actually stand up for his constituents and stand up for conservative values.”

FILE - In this Aug. 26, 2021 file photo, Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp speaks during a news conference at Lockheed Martin  in Marietta, Ga. The rewards of an early Donald Trump endorsement will be on display Saturday, Sept. 25 in Georgia. A three-man ticket of candidates he’s backing in 2022 Republican primaries for statewide office will take the stage with him. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson, File) © Provided by Associated Press FILE - In this Aug. 26, 2021 file photo, Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp speaks during a news conference at Lockheed Martin in Marietta, Ga. The rewards of an early Donald Trump endorsement will be on display Saturday, Sept. 25 in Georgia. A three-man ticket of candidates he’s backing in 2022 Republican primaries for statewide office will take the stage with him. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson, File)

Trump's nod could be a liability in a general election, though. Trump lost narrowly in Georgia, and Republicans Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue lost runoffs for Senate seats to Democrats Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff by wider margins in January. Many, including some Republicans, have said Trump's insistent claims that the November 2020 election was rigged depressed GOP runoff turnout, delivering U.S. Senate control to Democrats.

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Democratic State Rep. Bee Nguyen, who is also running for secretary of state in 2022, said Trump's endorsements are part of his “vendetta” against some Republicans. Nguyen said Trump's activity will stir up Democratic voters, as will a restrictive election law that Republicans passed this year.

“It will continue to mobilize our base because our base understands voting rights are on the chopping block,” said Nguyen, who also predicted that the “constant efforts to discredit the results of the November election” would fire up Democrats.

U.S. Rep Jody Hice speaks at an event in Atlanta, on Monday, Sept. 13, 2021, meant to rally opposition to President Joe Biden's economic agenda. Hice's bid for Secretary of State in Georgia has been endorsed by former President Donald Trump. (AP Photo/Jeff Amy) © Provided by Associated Press U.S. Rep Jody Hice speaks at an event in Atlanta, on Monday, Sept. 13, 2021, meant to rally opposition to President Joe Biden's economic agenda. Hice's bid for Secretary of State in Georgia has been endorsed by former President Donald Trump. (AP Photo/Jeff Amy)

Some Republicans see it that way as well. GOP consultant Paul Shumaker noted in a June memo that polling showed voters in North Carolina were less likely to back a Trump-endorsed candidate and more likely to vote for a Biden-endorsed candidate.

“When comparing a Trump-endorsed candidate to a Biden-endorsed candidate, our advantage with the unaffiliated voters evaporates," Shumaker wrote. "In addition, the Democratic advantage widens with college graduates and suburban voters while the rural vote softens somewhat for Republicans.”

FILE - Georgia gubernatorial candidate Vernon Jones speaks to an attendee of the 17th annual Floyd County GOP Rally at the Coosa Valley Fairgrounds on Saturday, Aug. 7, 2021 in Rome, Ga.  The rewards of an early Donald Trump endorsement will be on display Saturday, Sept. 25  in Georgia. A three-man ticket of candidates he’s backing in 2022 Republican primaries for statewide office will take the stage with him. (Troy Stolt/Chattanooga Times Free Press via AP) © Provided by Associated Press FILE - Georgia gubernatorial candidate Vernon Jones speaks to an attendee of the 17th annual Floyd County GOP Rally at the Coosa Valley Fairgrounds on Saturday, Aug. 7, 2021 in Rome, Ga. The rewards of an early Donald Trump endorsement will be on display Saturday, Sept. 25 in Georgia. A three-man ticket of candidates he’s backing in 2022 Republican primaries for statewide office will take the stage with him. (Troy Stolt/Chattanooga Times Free Press via AP)

Shumaker is working for former North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory, who is running against Trump-endorsed U.S. Rep. Ted Budd in a Republican Senate primary to replace the retiring Richard Burr. Shumaker said the poll wasn't paid for by McCrory.

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Party leaders historically shied away from interfering in primaries, and when they did, it sometimes backfired. In 1938, Franklin Delano Roosevelt intervened to support liberals and defeat conservatives who opposed his agenda. Roosevelt’s record was decidedly mixed. Conservative Democratic incumbents such as Georgia Sen. Walter George survived and Republicans made big gains overall.

Former President Barack Obama, for example, waited until primaries were settled last year before endorsing. But some liberals have tried to shape the Democratic party with primary endorsements, including independent Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders and Democratic U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York.

Then there is the top Georgia Republican not on the Trump ticket — Gov. Brian Kemp. Former Democrat Vernon Jones is openly courting Trump's nod, but the former president has withheld his favor while Trump supporters have floated other possible candidates.

Despite Trump’s continuing scorn for Kemp, the incumbent governor may achieve a detente with some Trump-backed candidates.

Walker hired a spokesperson from Kemp's office, one possible indicator Walker may steer clear of attacking Kemp. His early message has been more positive and less confrontational than Trump.

Kemp appeared with Hice at a Sept. 13 event to criticize the Biden administration’s legislative agenda. Kemp voiced hope then that Republicans could unify in opposition.

“The party needs to come together, we don’t need to be divided," Kemp said. "That didn’t work for us in 2020.”

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