Trump claims victory in Republican primaries despite major losses

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Former President Donald Trump boasted that Tuesday night’s Republican primary results were a victory for his GOP faction, despite losing key races by wide margins.

Trump’s main defeats have centered on Georgia, where he campaigned aggressively to impeach Republican Gov. Brian Kemp. He also pushed for the removal of Brad Raffensperger as Secretary of State, but both men filled their seats by wide margins. Both men had been Trump’s main targets because of their opposition to his efforts to annul the 2020 presidential election.

Kemp knocked Trump-endorsed former Sen. David Perdue by more than 50 points on Tuesday night, while Raffensperger dispatched Trump-endorsed Rep. Jody Hice with a nearly 20-point lead.

TRUMP AND PENCE HOLD DUEL RALLIES FOR LOST AND KEMP ON EVE OF PRIMARY IN GEORGIA

Republican Gov. Brian Kemp officially kicks off his 2022 re-election campaign in Perry, Georgia on July 10, 2021.
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Republican Gov. Brian Kemp officially kicks off his 2022 re-election campaign in Perry, Georgia on July 10, 2021.
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Outgoing Georgia Attorney General Chris Carr also beat Trump-endorsed challenger John Gordon by 47 points.

However, Trump’s favorite candidate in the U.S. Senate race from Georgia, Herschel Walker, handily won his primary, taking on Democratic Sen. Raphael Warnock.

“A very big and successful night of political support. All wins in Texas (33 & 0 for the full primary list), Arkansas and Alabama. A great new senatorial candidate, and others, in Georgia,” nevertheless writes Trump on his Truth Social building site on Tuesday evening. “In total for the ‘Cycle’, 100 wins, 6 losses (some of which could not be won) and 2 eliminations. Thank you and congratulations to all!”

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Trump fared better in Texas than in Georgia, with incumbent Attorney General Ken Paxton decisively defeating challenger George P. Bush.

The former president remains a key player in GOP politics despite Tuesday’s setbacks. His endorsement of JD Vance in Ohio provided the final push Vance needed to secure the Republican Senate nomination.

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