In assessing Tuesday’s GOP primary results in Georgia, Washington Examiner political and investigative reporter Sarah Westwood said a common thread among the winning candidates was their choice to not focus on past election fraud concerns.
While incumbents Gov. Brian Kemp (R-GA) and Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger (R-GA) did not have former President Donald Trump’s endorsement, Westwood told Fox Business’s Maria Bartiromo Wednesday that their Republican primary victories are not rejections of “Trumpism.”
“I don’t think that’s exactly what we’re seeing because the candidates that did [win], including Gov. Brian Kemp, still ran on the kinds of populist ideas that fueled Trump’s popularity, but what he didn’t do is focus on the 2020 election, and neither did Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, who also avoided a runoff,” Westwood said.
Westwood noted that Republican voters appear ready to move forward.
“They want to talk about plans for the economy, plans for keeping schools safe, and keeping leftist ideology out of the classrooms,” she said. “Those are the sorts of things that, I think, are compelling Republican candidates to the forefront, and we saw that voters were not interested in talking about the past.”
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With a drastic increase in voter turnout at the Georgian polls snuffing Democratic gubernatorial nominee Stacey Abrams's voter rights platform, Westwood joined The Hill’s Joe Concha in suggesting that Kemp’s fall face-off with Abrams may prove to be lackluster.
“Voting reform was sort of [Abrams's] signature issue,” Westwood said. “Now she doesn’t really have a platform that she’s standing for. I think that’s a really good point. Beyond that, Kemp has strengthened his popularity.”
Westwood noted Kemp could tout how he kept Georgia open, how he helped to maintain his state’s economy amid the COVID-19 pandemic, and how he has battled woke corporations.
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The investigative reporter also mentioned that GOP Senate nominee Herschel Walker’s popularity would likely carry him through to victory come November.
Georgian voters will choose between Walker and incumbent Sen. Raphael Warnock (D-GA).
“Raphael Warnock, unlike other red-state Democratic senators, has not really tempered his beliefs. He’s not in the tried to tap toward the middle. He’s really embraced progressivism in a way that’s not really compatible with the electoral landscape in Georgia right now.”