KEY TAKEAWAYS FROM A BIG PRIMARY NIGHT IN THE SOUTH
Written by Peter Boykin on May 25, 2022
Shared By Peter Boykin – American Political Commentator / Citizen Journalist
Primary season is in full swing, and voters across several states in the South headed to the polls to pick their party’s candidates for the 2022 midterm elections in November.
The big prize-fight in Texas was for the Secretary of State position.
Ken Paxton (67.2%), who was endorsed by President Trump, easily defeated the Bush dynasty’s George P. Bush (32.8%)
Border battle: Another key race is on the Democrat side, over House District 28, a border town. Rep. Henry Cuellar (50.2%), who has been critical of Biden’s border policies, is currently slightly ahead of his progressive challenger, Jessica Cisneros (49.8%), who is a pro-open-borders immigration attorney.
Trump’s enemy wins: Incumbent Gov. Brian Kemp (73.7%) easily defeated Trump-backed challenger, David Perdue (21.%). Trump wanted Kemp out because of his aversion to investigating 2020 voter fraud.
Brad Raffensperger also fended off a challenge by Trump-backed Jody Hice for Secretary of State.
It wasn’t all doom and gloom in the ‘Peach State’: Two big-name candidates defeated their challengers:
Herschel Walker Won As Well!
Herschel Walker easily wins Georgia’s Republican Senate primary
Former NFL star Hershel Walker (68%) easily defeated his challenger Gary Black (13) and will face off against Rep. Raphael Warnock in November.
Former University of Georgia football legend Herschel Walker comfortably secured the state’s Republican nomination for U.S. Senate
Walker, backed by former President Donald Trump, is one of the party’s top fundraisers as the GOP seeks to regain control of the upper chamber after losing both of Georgia’s U.S. Senate seats in January 2021 runoffs.
The first-time candidate’s celebrity status — and a campaign that has largely avoided public events and non-friendly media interviews — prevailed in a crowded six-way race to face Democratic Sen. Raphael Warnock in November.
Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (69.5%) easily won, with the closest challenger, Jennifer Strahan getting just 17% of the vote.
Turnout is way up: Despite Joe Biden demonizing Georgia’s new election security laws as “Jim Crow 2.0”, turnout was WAY up over the 2018 primary elections.
In 2018 primary election: 1,161,324 people voted
In 2022 primary election: 1,902,479 people voted
From Press Secretary to Governor: Trump’s former Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders (82%) easily won the GOP primary in the Arkansas Governor’s race.
Battle royale: In Alabama, Trump-backed candidate Katie Britt earned enough of the vote to advance to a runoff election with Mo Brooks this June.
[Source: FiveThirtyEight, NY Times, NPR, Wake Up Right]
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