Georgia Attorney General Chris Carr won renomination Tuesday, marking another defeat for a Republican primary challenger backed by former President Donald Trump in the Peach State.
Attorney John Gordon challenged Carr in the incumbent’s bid for a second term, embracing Trump’s unfounded claims that the 2020 election was stolen.
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Carr, who has joined several lawsuits against President Joe Biden's administration on matters of policy, has said the president was elected legitimately. Carr reportedly resigned as chairman of the Republican Attorneys General Association in 2021 after the association's political arm ran a robocall urging supporters to “stop the steal” at the Capitol prior to the Jan. 6 riot.
Carr told the Associated Press he was “infuriated” by the riot.
“I thought it was one of the dark days in American history to see the attack on the Capitol as that occurred,” Carr said.
Georgia, a state carried by President Joe Biden in 2020, is a key part of Trump’s claims of election fraud. The former president has repeatedly argued he won the state, albeit without evidence. The multiple losses of his candidates in Georgia are a blow to his efforts to unseat election officials who did not back his unfounded claims of a stolen 2020 election.
Also Tuesday, Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp defeated a Trump-backed primary challenger, former Sen. David Perdue, by a wide margin.
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Perdue challenged Kemp, embracing Trump’s claims about 2020. The onetime senator lost a January 2021 runoff election as Trump worked to overturn the results of the 2020 election.
Conservative commentator Erick Erickson wrote on Twitter that multiple losses for Trump-backed primary challengers may indicate voters are ready to move on from Trump's claims about 2020.
Just about every “stop the steal” Republican is getting rejected by Republicans in Georgia tonight. The message is voters want to move forward, not settle Trump’s grievances for him.— Erick Erickson (@EWErickson) May 25, 2022