Brad Raffensperger’s landslide GOP primary victory hailed as a rejection of MAGA 'authoritarianism'
Former President Donald Trump and the MAGA movement suffered some major disappointments in Georgia on Tuesday, May 24 when two conservative Republicans Trump rivals — Gov. Brian Kemp and Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger — not only survived primary challenges from Trump-backed candidates, but also, enjoyed double-digit victories. And Raffensperger’s victory is being hailed as a defeat for authoritarianism.
Trump has been slamming Kemp and Raffensperger as RINOs (Republicans In Name Only) for refusing to go along with the Big Lie and acknowledging that President Joe Biden won Georgia fairly in the 2020 presidential election. Former Sen. David Perdue (who challenged Kemp) and Rep. Jody Hice (who challenged Raffensperger) both campaigned on the Big Lie, but it didn’t work. Perdue’s loss is especially embarrassing for Trump; Kemp defeated Perdue by a brutal 52% and is now going up against Democratic nominee Stacey Abrams in the general election.
Hice’s loss to Raffensperger wasn’t as painful as what Perdue suffered, but it was still a landslide defeat. Raffensperger defeated the U.S. congressman by 19%.
Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger has defeated his GOP primary opponent, Rep. Jody Hice, in a major repudiation of Trump by Georgia Republicans. pic.twitter.com/rBAok6sriA
— POLITICO (@politico) May 25, 2022
Yesterday's smooth and efficient elections wouldn’t have been possible without the poll workers and volunteers across the state that dedicated their time to help democracy thrive. Thank you for serving your state and helping Georgia voters cast their ballots with confidence.
— GA Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger (@GaSecofState) May 25, 2022
In both races, conservative Republican voters in a southern state clearly rejected Trump-backed candidates — and the fact that Trump repeatedly attacked Kemp and Raffensperger as RINOs didn’t sway those voters. Raffensperger’s victory is important because as Georgia secretary of state, he plays a key role in the administration of elections.
After the 2020 presidential election, Trump infamously asked Raffensperger to “find” him enough votes to take Georgia away from Biden — and Raffensperger refused to go along with Trump’s brazen effort to steal a democratic election.
Some Twitter users are describing Raffensperger’s victory as a victory over MAGA "authoritarianism: and the “Stop the Steal” movement:
Hooray. Any little thing that thwarts Trump is a step away from authoritarianism.
— Lyn Crockett (@Bibligard) May 25, 2022
There might still be hope for the @GOP.
On 1/6, this guy(and Kemp), stood their ground and rebuffed Trump and his disgusting #MAGAts.
In doing so, avoided the country going into a CONSTITUTIONAL crisis.#raffensperger
— MacKenzie (@MacTrueCrime) May 25, 2022
Other Twitter users gloated over seeing Trump-backed candidates losing so badly to Republicans he hates. Here are some of their comments:
Sooner or later it'll be incandescently clear to everyone Trump's endorsements is a total mess and tears the party even further apart
— Asho Faruq⚡🇺🇸🇳🇬 (@leader_ashore) May 25, 2022
Georgia Loves You
— Rob Bizon ChefRobere (@rfbizon) May 25, 2022
Trump UNPICK !!!
— 42 IS THE ANSWER, FOLLOW TO GET THE QUESTIONS !!! (@OneGuyOpinion42) May 25, 2022
95% in and Raffensperger is 19 points ahead of Hice. He trounced him.
— LC 🇺🇸🇺🇦 (@LCain64103138) May 25, 2022
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