Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp defeats Trump-backed David Perdue in Peach State gubernatorial primary; Kemp will face off against Democrat Stacey Abrams during the general election

Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp defeated former U.S. Sen. David Perdue in the Peach State’s GOP gubernatorial primary contest on Tuesday — the Associated Press has called the race for Kemp, which marks a blow to former President Donald Trump who had backed Perdue.

Former Vice President Mike Pence, who served alongside Trump, had supported Kemp. The Georgia governor will now go on to face Democrat Stacey Abrams in a political rematch after narrowly defeating her during Georgia’s 2018 governor’s race.

Perdue, who lost a U.S. Senate runoff election to Democrat Jon Ossoff last year, said that he will back Kemp in order to ensure that Abrams does not become the state’s governor.

Former NFL player Herschel Walker, another Trump-backed candidate, secured victory in the Republican primary for U.S. Senate in Georgia, according to an AP race call, and will now go up against Democratic Sen. Raphael Warnock. Warnock entered office in 2021 after winning a special runoff election and is now seeking a full six-year term.

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Republican Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia won in her primary on Tuesday, according to the AP. And in Arkansas, former Trump press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders won the GOP gubernatorial primary — Sanders is the daughter of former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee.

Democrats could face significant headwinds during the 2022 midterm election cycle — President Joe Biden continues to face poor job approval ratings. Americans have been getting walloped by roaring inflation and watching gas prices soar — as of Tuesday, the AAA national average price for a gallon of gas has reached $4.598.

A recent AP-NORC poll of adults found that 67% disapprove of how the president is dealing with the economy, while just 33% approve. The poll also found that 56% think that high gas prices are more due to issues beyond Biden’s control, while 44% think that the high prices are more due to the president’s policies.

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