In Georgia’s Republican primary for Secretary of State, Brad Raffensperger scored an outright victory over Rep. Jody Hice, whose overwhelming endorsement of Mr. Trump’s conspiracy over the 2020 election wasn’t enough to force a second round.
Republican primary incumbent for attorney general Chris Carr brushed off a weak challenge from John Gordon, a lawyer who had represented Mr. Trump’s bogus voter fraud allegations in court. Mr Raffensperger may have had help from Democrats, including thousands would have crossed vote for the Republican side.
“Not giving in to pressure is what people want,” Mr. Raffensperger said Tuesday night during his election watch party.
That said, few Republican candidates who have outright denounced Mr. Trump’s lies about 2020 have survived elsewhere.
In Ohio, the only Senate candidate to do so, Matt Dolan, finished in third place. In Pennsylvania, Republican gubernatorial candidate Doug Mastriano has been deeply implicated in Mr Trump’s plot to overturn the state’s 2020 results, while the two leading Senate candidates, Dr Mehmet Oz and David McCormick, vacillated over whether Mr. Biden was fairly elected.
Rep. Mo Brooks, an erratic, far-right congressman who was once one of Mr. Trump’s staunchest supporters in Congress, gained notoriety for wearing a body armor at the “Stop the Steal” on the Ellipse on January 6, 2021.
But Mr. Brooks came in second place in the Republican primary for the Senate in Alabama ahead of Katie Britt, who has campaigned narrowly on local issues and will now face Mr. Brooks in a runoff next month. Even so, Ms Britt told reporters she reportedly opposed the 2020 election results if she had been in office at the time.