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Hello, OnPolitics readers.

Primary elections in Georgia, Alabama, Arkansas and Texas Tuesday were among the most important challenges ahead of the 2022 midterms.

Incumbent Republican Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp beat former Sen. David Perdue, who was backed by former President Donald Trump, by a roughly 3-1 margin. Trump’s pick Rep. Jody Hice also lost to incumbent Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger. Both Kemp and Raffensperger refused Trump’s demands to overturn his 2020 presidential election loss in the state.

The wins will likely be considered major rebukes of Trump and the “big lie” that President Joe Biden did not win the presidential election.

In another crucial election outcome, former football star Herschel Walker won the Georgia Republican primary race for the US Senate. Walker, who earned Trump’s endorsement during his campaign, will run against Democratic incumbent Sen. Raphael Warnock in November. Stacey Abrams, who lost a run for governor to Kemp by less than 2 percentage points in 2018, also won the Democratic primary unopposed.


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