Tuesday’s elections also defined competition in several major House races in Virginia and Georgia. And in Washington, DC, Mayor Muriel Bowser won the Democratic primary and is now preparing to win a third term.
Here are four quick notes from Tuesday’s primaries and final rounds in Alabama, Georgia, Virginia and Washington, DC:
Weeks after Gov. Brian Kemp and Secretary of State Brad Ravensberger edged out the primaries for Trump-backed Republicans, who remains furious at their dismissal of his lies about election fraud in 2020, Georgia GOP voters have rejected other candidates endorsed by the former president in congressional primaries Tuesday , according to CNN forecasts.
Rich McCormick, an emergency room physician and retired Marine, will win the Republican nomination for Georgia’s Sixth District, defeating Trump-backed attorney Jake Evans in Tuesday’s runoff for the Atlanta metro area.
Mike Collins, a businessman and son of the late Representative McCollins, defeated Vernon Jones, a former Democrat-turned-Republican, who had Trump’s endorsement, in Georgia’s 10th District. Jones, a longtime Trump ally, had initially sought to run against Kemp in the gubernatorial primary. Trump engineered his departure from that race, paving the way for former Senator David Perdue to become Kemp’s Trump-backed challenger while supporting former President Jones in the House race he lost on Tuesday. (Purdue lost his race to Kemp in May.)
Yet while Trump’s favorite candidates lost, his political brand won: McCormick ran as a MAGA-style conservative, and Collins embraced Trump’s electoral lies.
Trump-backed Brett beats pro-Trump Brooks in Alabama
Alabama Rep. Moe Brooks garnered the support of much of Fox’s primetime lineup, a handful of conservative activists, Senators Ted Cruz of Texas and Rand Paul of Kentucky, a slew of Conservative House members and more in the Alabama Republican primary to replace retiring Senator Richard Shelby.
But Trump lost. The former boss had endorsed Brooks, only to later cancel him and eventually return the Brett for a run-off once it became clear she was the front-runner.
Brett, a former chief of staff for Shelby who went on to lead the Alabama Business Council, and Brooks, a six-term congressman and a member of the Freedom Caucus in the hardline House of Representatives, finished first and second in the state primary in May. to advance to runoff.
Brooks’ strong performance last month came as a surprise. Trump said the reason he was rescinded was because Brooks urged Republican voters to bypass the 2020 election to focus on 2022 and 2024 — a fatal sin for Trump, who continues to spread lies about previous election fraud. But Trump also dumped Brooks while the congressman trailed in the polls.
Now, Brett is the blocking candidate against Democrat Will Boyd in the November elections in the deep red state.
The wagon is preparing for a third term as mayor
After winning the Democratic primary on Tuesday, Washington, D.C., Mayor Muriel Bowser is now certain to become the first D.C. mayor to win a third term since Marion Barry did so in 1986. (Barry would eventually serve four non-consecutive terms.)
Bowser defeated DC Council members Robert White and Tryon White and 2018 mayoral candidate James Butler in a race focused on violent crime. Bowser said it would increase the size of the Metropolitan Police Force. The nation’s capital is largely democratic, so the party’s primaries effectively determine the winner of the mayoral race.
Matches set at major house races in Virginia and Georgia
Virginia Republicans chose state Senator Jane Keegans to face Democratic Representative Elaine Luria in Virginia Beach-based District Two, setting the match up for what is expected to be one of the most competitive House races in the country, CNN predicted. The Kiggans, who has institutional support from House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, Representative Elise Stefanik’s political organization, as well as the National Rifle Association, was the favorite in Tuesday’s primary against far-right businessman Jarom Bell.
The Virginia Republican Party also chose Wesley Vega, Prince William County’s superintendent and assistant deputy mayor who was backed by Texas Senators Ted Cruz and Virginia “Jenny” Thomas, conservative activist and wife of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, in what was a wide open primary for the Democratic congresswoman seat. Abigail Spannberger in the 7th District in Northern Virginia.
Represented for three decades by Democratic Representative Sanford Bishop but seen as more competitive after last year’s redistricting, the hopes of National Republicans in Southwest Georgia’s Second District lie on Jeremy Hunt, a graduate of the US Military Academy at West Point Age 28 years old. And a black candidate in the black and rural plurality area. But CNN reported on Tuesday that Hunt would lose to Chris West, a 38-year-old attorney and former Georgia Air National Guard officer who is white.