Trump Denied Revenge in Georgia Primary, But Sees Wins in Texas, Arkansas

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  • Georgia's Republican primary handed Donald Trump two high-profile defeats after his hand-picked challengers were unable to topple Governor Brian Kemp and Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger. Trump targeted the two statewide officials for rebuffing his calls to overturn the results of Georgia 2020's presidential election, which went to Democrat Joe Biden.
  • Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton won his primary runoff in a landslide against state land commissioner George P. Bush. Trump backed Paxton, a close ally of the former president, despite multiple corruption allegations. Paxton's victory may also mean the end of the Bush family's political influence in Texas.
  • Democratic Representative Henri Cuellar was stuck in a very tight race with progressive challenger Jessica Cisneros for a South Texas congressional seat. The issue of abortion rights has played prominently in the election that could unseat the longtime incumbent.
  • Former Trump press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders easily won the Republican nomination for governor of Arkansas. The daughter of Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee, Sanders had the backing of her former boss.
  • Alabama's Republican primary for an open Senate seat remained up in the air Tuesday night. Trump had withdrawn his endorsement of Representative Mo Brooks earlier in the race. As of Tuesday night, attorney and former congressional staffer Katie Britt had 45 percent of the vote, but not enough to avoid a runoff with Brooks.
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Former football player and political candidate Herschel Walker interacts with former president of the United States Donald Trump prior to Game Four of the World Series between the Houston Astros and the Atlanta Braves Truist Park on October 30, 2021 in Atlanta, Georgia. Photo by Michael Zarrilli/Getty Images

Bush's Political Fortunes Declining in GOP Primary Loss

George P. Bush's primary defeat in Texas' Republican attorney general primary spells bad news for his family's declining political influence.

After arriving in Odessa, Texas in 1948 with his family, George H. W. Bush used the state to launch a political career that would take him to the White House. George W. Bush followed his father into politics becoming governor of Texas and president.

The respective nephew and grandson of the former Republican presidents, George P. Bush's last name wasn't enough to beat the scandal-plagued incumbent attorney general, Ken Paxton. Instead, it might have been a liability.

Donald Trump picked fights with the Bush's during his insurgent 2016 campaign. Although George P. Bush openly supported Trump, a survey in April found that 66 percent of Texas Republican primary voters cited his family affiliation as a reason they wouldn't vote for him.

But George P. Bush isn't the first member of his family to lose in Texas. Pierce Bush lost a Republican primary in 2020 for a House seat in Houston.

Katie Britt Ahead in Alabama Senate Primary, Runoff Still Possible

Katie Britt is leading in Alabama's Republican Senate primary over Representative Mo Brooks, but not by enough to avoid a runoff.

A former congressional staffer and attorney, Britt had nearly 46 percent of the vote to Brooks' 28 percent about four hours after polls closed Tuesday evening.

The race to succeed retiring GOP Senator Richard Shelby opened up earlier this year after former President Donald Trump withdrew his endorsement of Brooks.

While Trump hasn't since bestowed his endorsement on any other candidate, Britt has aligned herself with the former president, repeating his baseless claim the 2020 election was stolen from him by voter fraud.

If no candidate receives more than 50 percent of the vote, the top two candidates will face each other in a runoff next month.

On the Democratic side, pastor Will Boyd has 63 percent of the vote.

Raffensperger Dodging Runoff, For Now

Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger appears to be narrowly avoiding a runoff election with his Trump-backed challenger in the state's Republican primary.

Raffensperger continues hovering at just over 50 percent of the vote two hours after polls closed in the state. Representative Jody Hice has about a third of the vote, with the rest split between two other candidates.

A runoff will be triggered in the race if no candidate receives a majority of votes. Just under half of Georgia's precincts have fully reported their results, leaving room for the race's results to shift as ballots are counted.

Raffensperger seemed unfazed by the prospect of having to campaign in a runoff election. At his election night party, Raffensperger told reporters that he's the "runoff king" having won runoffs in both local and statewide races, according to Fox 5 Atlanta.

Democratic Primary Between Cuellar, Cisneros Remains Tight

A Democratic primary runoff for a South Texas House seat remains unsettled with a longtime incumbent still neck-and-neck with a progressive challenger.

More than an hour after polls closed in Texas, Representative Henri Cuellar was roughly 500 votes behind Jessica Cisneros. The race has not been called and neither side had claimed victory in the closely watched race.

First elected to the House in 2004, Cuellar has faced a tough reelection bid after federal agents raided his home earlier this year.

The race became more heated following a leaked Supreme Court opinion that signaled the undoing of reproductive rights. Progressives flocked to the campaign of Cisneros, a 29-year-old attorney, in hopes of unseating the anti-abortion Cuellar.

Sarah Huckabee Sanders Wins Arkansas GOP Governor Primary

Former Trump press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders has clinched the Republican nomination for Arkansas governor.

With the endorsement of her old boss, Sanders had nearly 82 percent of the vote over her sole primary opponent, Francis "Doc" Washburn, according to the most-recent count. CNN has projected her winner of the primary.

Sanders is the daughter of former Republican Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee.

On the Democratic side, Chris Jones, a nuclear engineer and ordained minister, led the field for his party's nomination for governor with nearly 77 percent of the vote.

Marjorie Taylor Greene Wins Primary Race

Georgia Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene has easily won the Republican primary to keep her seat.

CNN projected that Greene will win the primary over five challengers.

Despite coming under fire early in her term for social media posts espousing conspiracy theories, Greene was easily prevailing in Tuesday's primary with 70 percent of the vote, according to the most-recent count. Her closest Republican challenger, Jennifer Strahan, had 15 percent of the vote.

Marcus Flowers, who is seeking to challenge Greene in the general election, had a commanding lead in the Democratic primary with nearly 77 percent of the vote.

Governor Brian Kemp Projected to Win Georgia's GOP Primary

Georgia Governor Brian Kemp has fought off a Republican primary challenge from a candidate endorsed by former President Donald Trump.

Kemp is projected by CNN to win the primary election over former Senator David Perdue. The most-recent vote count put Kemp well ahead with nearly 73 percent of the vote. Perdue trailed with 22 percent of the vote.

Kemp's win is a loss for Trump, who targeted the governor after he disputed the former president's debunked claim the 2020 presidential vote in Georgia was rigged.

The outcome sets up a rematch between Kemp and Democrat Stacey Abrams, who clinched her party's nomination earlier.

Cisneros, Paxton Take Leads in Texas

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton is fending off a primary challenge, and Jessica Cisneros could potentially topple a South Texas Democratic representative.

The initial vote count in Texas' runoff primary put Paxton with roughly two-thirds of the vote, well ahead of his Republican primary opponent, state lands commissioner George P. Bush.

In another closely watched race, Democratic Representative Henry Cuellar was losing to Cisneros, a 29-year-old attorney who has the backing of the progressive wing of her party.

The initial count put Cisneros narrowly ahead with nearly 52 percent of the vote. Less than a thousand votes separate the two.

Trump-backed Hershel Walker wins Senate Primary in Georgia

Herschel Walker will win the Georgia Republican primary for Senate.

The Associated Press projected that the businessman and former professional football player will receive his party's nod for the competitive Senate race. Walker earlier received the sought-after endorsement of former President Donald Trump.

Early returns put Walker ahead with 68 percent of the vote, far ahead of his closest challenger, Gary Black.

Walker will face Democrat Raphael Warnock this fall.

Walker helped lead the Georgia Bulldogs to a college football national championship in 1980, and he won the 1982 Heisman Trophy as the most outstanding player in college football. He also briefly played in the USFL for the New Jersey Generals, which were owned by Trump at the time.

Raphael Warnock Wins Georgia's Democratic Nomination for Senate

Senator Raphael Warnock will win Georgia's Democratic primary, CNN projects.

The initial vote count has Warnock with a wide lead over his Democratic opponent Tamara Jonhson-Shealey.

Warnock took the seat in January 2021 in a special runoff election against Republican incumbent Kelly Loeffler who was appointed to the seat following the resignation of Johnny Isakson. His election made history, becoming Georgia's first black Senator and helping Democrats' seal their narrow Senate majority.

Stacey Abrams Wins Georgia's Democratic Primary for Govenor

Stacey Abrams has again won the Democratic primary for governor of Georgia, setting up a potential rematch with Republican Brian Kemp.

The Associated Press called the race for Abrams, a voting rights activist who previously served in the Legislature, and who ran unopposed this primary. Abrams lost to Kemp narrowly in 2018 in a bitterly fought race she refused to concede.

Kemp is facing a primary challenge for a second term as governor that has yet to be called.

Texas AG Candidates React to Shooting With Prayers, Calls for Armed Teachers

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton reacted to a school shooting in a town west of San Antonio Tuesday by saying arming teachers and administrators could prevent similar massacres.

Paxton made the remarks on Newsmax Tuesday, following a school shooting in Uvalde, Texas that occurred the same day he faces a Republican primary runoff.

Officials say 15 people, 14 of which are reportedly students, died during the shooting at Robb Elementary School.

Paxton suggested arming teachers and administrators after they've undergone training. He said a lesson from the 2018 shooting of a school in Santa Fe, Texas was to have one point of entry for schools to make it difficult for shooters to gain entry.

"Because first responders typically can't get there in time to prevent a shooting," said Paxton.

George P. Bush, state land commissioner who is challenging Paxton in the runoff, reacted to the shooting on Twitter.

"Pray for Uvalde," Bush said. "My heart is with South Texas today. Our community is rocked by tragedy as we continue to learn more details."

When Polls Will Close in Georgia, Texas, Alabama and Arkansas

Polls will soon close in the four states holding primary elections on Tuesday.

Georgia and Alabama will be the first to close polls. In both states, polling places open at 7 a.m. and close at 7 p.m. ET.

Texas will see polls close next at 7 p.m. CT after having opened at 7 a.m.

Also located in the Central Time Zone, Arkansas will close polls at 7:30 p.m. after opening at 7:30 a.m.

Marjorie Taylor Greene Face Primary Challenge in Georgia

Marjorie Taylor Greene will face her first electoral test as Republican voters decide whether to renominate the firebrand representative after her turbulent first term in office.

Greene was stripped of her committee assignments early in her term for trafficking in conspiracy theories in social media posts. Since then, she continued to draw controversy for her inflammatory statements. She later survived an attempt by Georgia voters to block her from the ballot for her alleged support of the January 6 insurrection.

A January poll for the GOP primary found that 57 percent of voters would back Greene. Her closest challenger, healthcare executive Jennifer Strahan, trailed her at 27 percent.

Filings with the Federal Election Commission show Greene has raised over $9 million to the roughly $400,000 raised by Strahan.

Greene is expected to be a lock in her northwest Georgia district in the general election. Democratic challenger Marcus Flowers has raised over $8 million.

Texas Attorney General Faces Challenge From Bush Dynasty

The Republican primary runoff for Texas attorney general pits incumbent Ken Paxton against land commissioner George P. Bush, a member of a powerful political family with deep roots in the state.

Bush is the son of former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, and the respective nephew and grandson of former presidents George W. Bush and George H.W. Bush. Even with his famous last name, Bush has faced an uphill battle.

Polls show Paxton ahead in the race, despite his pending state securities fraud charges and an FBI investigation over whether he used his office to benefit a wealthy donor (Paxton has denied wrong-doing).

Bush, the only member of his family to publicly support Donald Trump, sought the former president's endorsement. But Trump endorsed Paxton, who brought a lawsuit to the Supreme Court alleging widespread voter fraud in the 2020 presidential race. The lawsuit was thrown out.