Wednesday 25 May 2022 03:52 AM Trump-backed Marjorie Taylor Greene and Herschel Walker score Republican ... trends now
The firebrand lawmaker scored a victory in her first re-election bid, nabbing more than 70 percent of the vote with just over half the ballots counted.
The former president had praised Greene as a ‘warrior’ in his initial endorsement and appeared with her multiple times since leaving office, including most recently at the Mar-a-Lago premiere of far-right activist Dinesh D’Souza’s new film 2000 Mules.
Meanwhile Trump scored another Peach State victory in Senate GOP primary candidate Herschel Walker, a former football star who has a personal friendship with the ex-president that goes back decades.
Walker’s candidacy was originally met with concern by establishment Republicans - particularly over his self-admitted dissociative identity disorder and past allegations of domestic abuse.
But even Trump’s rival, Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell, grew to support Walker after deeming him the most electable candidate.
Walker will now go on to face Democrat Senator Raphael Warnock in November's midterm election.
Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene won a decisive victory in Georgia's 14th Congressional District Republican primary race
She carried her heavily rural district with more than half of the vote
U.S. Senate candidate Herschel Walker speaks to supporters during an election night watch party, Tuesday, May 24. He'll go on to face Democrat Senator Raphael Warnock in the November midterm elections
Walker's mother, Christine Walker, was pictured looking on as her son spoke
Greene was up against a crowded field of five GOP primary challengers seeking to take her spot in Georgia’s heavily rural 14th Congressional District.
The most formidable was healthcare executive Jennifer Strahan, whose no-nonsense conservative approach earned her endorsements from GOP groups in the state and a campaign appearance from sitting Louisiana Senator Bill Cassidy, one of Greene’s fellow Congressional Republicans.
But Strahan began trailing Greene early in the polls, despite bringing in an impressive amount of outside attention to her campaign. Just over two hours after polls closed, the businesswoman was hovering at 15 percent.
The Peach State shattered early voting records for a primary election, with more than 850,000 already cast according to Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger's office.
'Compared early-voting turnout in recent primaries, this represented a 168 percent increase over the 2018, the last gubernatorial primary and a 212 percent jump above 2020, the last presidential primary year,' a statement from his office read.