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Primary elections live updates Georgia rebuffs Trump candidates for governor, attorney general, secretary of state

Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp (R) reacts with his family and supporters during a primary election returns party at the College Football Hall of Fame in Atlanta on Tuesday. (Erik S Lesser/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock)

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Today, former president Donald Trump is looking less like a Republican kingmaker, particularly in Georgia, where his endorsed GOP primary candidates for governor, attorney general and secretary of state all lost on Tuesday. All those races focused heavily on Trump’s baseless contention that widespread fraud cost him the 2020 presidential election in the state.

Also, some marquee matchups in Georgia have been set for November following Tuesday’s primaries. Gov. Brian Kemp (R) will face a 2018 rematch with voting rights activist Stacey Abrams, who is trying to become the first Black female governor in the country. Former football star Herschel Walker, who easily won in Tuesday’s GOP Senate primary, will face Democratic Sen. Raphael G. Warnock. Their contest will be the first time Georgia’s two leading parties’ nominees for Senate are Black.

Meanwhile, the Pennsylvania GOP Senate primary race between celebrity doctor Mehmet Oz and former hedge fund CEO David McCormick is officially headed to a recount. The state’s top election official said the margin between McCormick and Oz, who has Trump’s endorsement, is thin enough to trigger one. The move pushes the outcome of the race into June as counties have until June 7 to recount the ballots and inform the secretary of state of their findings by June 8.

What else to know

  • In Alabama, a GOP Senate candidate whom Trump stopped supporting, Rep. Mo Brooks (R-Ala.), is headed to a runoff against Katie Britt, a former aide to retiring Sen. Richard C. Shelby (R).
  • In suburban Atlanta, Rep. Lucy McBath bested fellow Democratic Rep. Carolyn Bourdeaux in the year’s second member vs. member contest.
  • In South Texas, a close Democratic runoff pitting Rep. Henry Cuellar against immigration attorney Jessica Cisneros remained uncalled.
  • In Arkansas, Sarah Sanders, Trump’s onetime White House press secretary, easily won her bid to be the GOP gubernatorial nominee.

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