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Gov. Brian Kemp endorses Mike Collins over Trump-backed Vernon Jones in Georgia GOP primary runoff

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Three weeks after crushing his primary challenger, who was closely supported by former President Donald Trump, Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp is endorsing the opponent of a Trump-backed candidate in subsequent week’s Republican primary runoff in the state’s tenth Congressional District.

“I’m proud to endorse Mike Collins,” Kemp mentioned on Thursday in an announcement as he backed Collins, a trucking company proprietor, as he faces off subsequent Tuesday in opposition to Vernon Jones. The former state lawmaker and Democrat turned Republican who was a high Black surrogate for Trump in Georgia in the 2020 election enjoys the help of the previous president.

Kemp highlighted that “as a conservative small businessman, Mike knows firsthand how the disastrous policies of the Biden administration are hurting hardworking Georgians and communities all across our state. Mike is strongly pro-life, pro-2nd Amendment, and will fight hard to put Georgians first in Congress.”

And the governor famous that “I will be casting my ballot for Mike Collins in the June 21st GOP runoff, and I ask fellow Republicans across the district to join me in sending a trusted conservative to Washington!”

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Governor Brian Kemp (R-GA) speaks during an election night party after winning renomination to be the Republican candidate for Governor on May 24th, 2022 at the College Football Hall of Fame in Atlanta, Georgia.

Governor Brian Kemp (R-GA) speaks throughout an election night time celebration after successful renomination to be the Republican candidate for Governor on May twenty fourth, 2022 on the College Football Hall of Fame in Atlanta, Georgia.
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Jones, responding to the information, mentioned that “throughout my political career, I have never been the Establishment’s favorite. That’s something to be proud of — not ashamed of — and is exactly why President Trump endorsed me. I’m not running for Congress to join the Establishment. I’m running for Congress to destroy it.”

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Collins edged Jones 26%-22% in a multi-candidate subject in Georgia’s May twenty fourth primary, however since neither got here near grabbing a majority of the vote, they headed to a June 21 runoff election. Collins has already picked up the help of another Republican candidates in the race who did not advance. The winner in November’s common election will succeed Republican Rep. Jody Hice, who launched an unsuccessful marketing campaign for Georgia secretary of state quite than search re-election.

Kemp topped former Sen. David Perdue by greater than 50 factors in final month’s Republican gubernatorial primary, which was a stinging defeat for Trump.

Four years in the past, with the help of the then-president, Kemp narrowly defeated Democrat Stacey Abrams. But Kemp earned Trump’s ire after certifying the 2020 presidential election outcomes in Georgia following two recounts of the vote. Last year, Trump repeatedly urged Perdue to primary problem the governor and endorsed him the day after the previous senator introduced his bid in December. Trump lambasted Kemp at two rallies he held in Georgia final autumn and this spring, and pilloried the governor in Perdue marketing campaign commercials.

Perdue jumped into the race days after Abrams, a rising star in the Democratic Party and a nationally recognized champion of voter rights, launched her second straight gubernatorial bid. Abrams was unopposed in the Democratic primary and can face off with Kemp in a rematch in November.

“This is absolutely Kemp’s revenge tour,” argued a Georgia-based Republican advisor who requested to stay nameless to talk extra freely. 

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Pointing to Kemp’s spectacular victory, the advisor mentioned the governor “let the scoreboard talk and now he’s going to let the scoreboard talk again and he’s doubling down on his brand of conservatism with which is clearly more potent that Donald Trump’s in Georgia.”

Perdue wasn’t the one high-profile Trump-backed candidate to go right down to defeat in Georgia’s primary. Hice lost by double digits to Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, whom Trump had additionally repeatedly attacked. And Trump backed GOP lawyer common challenger John Gordon was demolished by incumbent Chris Carr.

Kemp, in his primary victory final month, gained in the tenth Congressional District by a good larger margin that his general statewide margin. The District, which is reliably crimson, stretches from the exurbs east of Atlanta by rural areas east to the outskirts of August and to the South Carolina border. 

Collins’ staff tells Fox News there’s a great likelihood Kemp might be a part of Collins on the marketing campaign path over the approaching days forward of Tuesday’s primary.

Jones was initially working for governor this cycle, in hopes of touchdown Trump’s endorsement in the primary in opposition to Kemp. But after he endorsed Perdue, the previous president satisfied Jones to finish his gubernatorial bid and as a substitute run for Hice’s open congressional seat. Trump endorsed Jones as he launched his House bid.

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Trump, in a robo-call recorded this week, as soon as once more praised Jones, saying “he will never let you down.”

And he slammed the Collins marketing campaign for a latest assault on Jones, calling them “vicious political ads that aren’t true.”

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