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Primary elections Katie Britt, Rep. Mo Brooks headed to a runoff in Alabama GOP Senate primary

Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp (R) and his wife, Marty Kemp, take the stage during his election night victory party at the Chick-fil-A College Football Hall of Fame in Atlanta on May 24. (Demetrius Freeman/The Washington Post)

Welcome to special coverage of the Georgia, Alabama and Arkansas primaries and runoffs in Texas from Post Politics Now.

Today, Katie Britt and Rep. Mo Brooks are headed to a runoff in Alabama’s GOP Senate primary, the Associated Press said. Britt is a former aide to Sen. Richard Shelby (R-Ala.), who is retiring and helped boost her candidacy by donating millions of his campaign funds to a super PAC supporting her. She will face Brooks (R), support for whom Trump withdrew when his campaign appeared to be floundering. The runoff is June 21 and is occurring because neither candidate received more than 50 percent of the vote.

In Georgia, Gov. Brian Kemp won the GOP primary, handily defeating former senator David Perdue (R), who was recruited and backed by former president Donald Trump. Trump is still furious over Kemp’s unwillingness to overturn Joe Biden’s 2020 victory in the state. Kemp faces a November rematch against Stacey Abrams, whom he edged out in 2018. Rep. Lucy McBath (D) is projected to win, defeating Rep. Carolyn Bourdeaux (D) in the redrawn 7th Congressional District, according to the Associated Press. The two Democrats were drawn into the same district in the metro Atlanta area during the redistricting process.

In Texas, Attorney General Ken Paxton won the GOP runoff, defeating George P. Bush. Paxton, who is seeking a third term, had Trump’s backing in his race against Bush, the grandson and nephew of presidents and the son of former Florida governor Jeb Bush. Paxton won despite being under state felony indictment since 2015 and a separate investigation by the FBI over allegations of corruption. He will be favored in the fall in a state Trump won by about five points in 2020.

Also in Georgia, Trump is backing Rep. Jody Hice (R) in a bid to knock off Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger (R), who stood up to Trump’s false election claims in 2020.

What else to know

  • Coverage of Tuesday’s primaries continues in Wednesday’s edition of Post Politics Now.
  • Voters in Texas were deciding a primary runoff between Rep. Henry Cuellar (D), who opposes abortion rights, and a challenger from his left, Jessica Cisneros.
  • Trump’s former White House press secretary, Sarah Sanders, is projected to win the Arkansas GOP gubernatorial nod. Her father, Mike Huckabee, is a former Arkansas governor. Sanders is heavily favored to win in November in a state Trump took by 28 points in 2020.
  • Sen. Raphael G. Warnock (D) will face Republican and former football player Herschel Walker in the fall in a hotly contested race crucial to control of the Senate majority.
  • Voters in Minnesota’s 1st Congressional District also went to the polls to select candidates to run for the seat of late Republican congressman Jim Hagedorn. The primary ballot included 20 contenders from four parties.