Incumbent Republican Governor Brian Kemp of Georgia is projected to survive a main challenge by former Sen. David Perdue, who received the most endorsement from former President Donald Trump and the most financial aid he has given to any candidate to date.

Trump-backed candidates appeared to be floundering Tuesday night in Georgia, though his preferred Senate candidate, Herschel Walker, is expected to win the GOP nomination. But CBS News projected that Attorney General Chris Carr survived the challenge from Trump-backed John Gordon.

And CBS News screened Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, whom Trump asked in January 2021 to “find” enough votes to overturn the results, he will win the Republican nomination over his rival, Trump-backed US Representative Jody Hice. She was one of the House Republicans who challenged the results of the elections in Pennsylvania and Arizona on January 6, 2021.

“I thought the vast majority of Georgians were looking for honest people for elected office. Someone who would do their job, follow the law, take care of them, regardless of the personal cost to do so,” Raffensperger said. “Standing up for yourself, standing up for the rule of law and electoral integrity, and standing up for the truth, and not giving in to pressure is what people want. I was elected to serve the people and I will. And I have.”

Trump had targeted Georgia Republicans for not overturning the 2020 election results.

Meanwhile, Kemp will face Democrat Stacey Abrams, whom she defeated in 2018.

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Republican Gov. Brian Kemp greets supporters during an election night watch party Tuesday, May 24, 2022, in Atlanta. Kemp easily fended off a Republican primary challenge Tuesday from former US Sen. David Perdue, who was endorsed by former President Donald Trump.

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“I fully support Brian Kemp in his race to beat Stacey Abrams,” Perdue told supporters in his concession speech. “We will do everything we can to make sure Stacey Abrams doesn’t take over this state.”

Without mentioning Kemp’s victory, Trump called Walker’s victory party, touting his “great numbers.” Walker noted that “the big game is in November,” when he faces incumbent Sen. Raphael Warnock.

In one of the closely watched House primaries, CBS News cast the representative. marjorie taylor greene he will win the Republican nomination in Georgia’s conservative 14th district, easily defeating several contenders.

In his victory remarks, Greene issued a stern warning to established Republicans and “globalist elites.” “Sending me back to Washington will send a message to the bloodsucking establishment. It is we who will set the political agenda for the next decade, and not them,” he said.

In Georgia’s top Democratic primary, two incumbents squared off in the new 7th district. CBS News projected that Rep. Lucy McBath, who was redeployed out of Georgia’s 6th district, will defeat Rep. Carolyn Bourdeaux, who represented Georgia’s 7th district. Georgia.

Alabama and Arkansas will also hold primaries on Tuesday. Trump has made his preferences known in the Senate race for the vacant Alabama seat twice. He first endorsed longtime loyalist Mo Brooks, but then changed his mind and stopped backing him in March, when Brooks was struggling in the polls. After Trump withdrew his endorsement of him, Brooks, who was one of the members of Congress who opposed the election results, said the former president “asked me to rescind the 2020 election.”

But despite losing Trump’s endorsement, CBS News projected that Brooks and Katie Britt, former chief of staff to incumbent Sen. Richard Shelby, would advance to a runoff.

In Arkansas, CBS News projected that former Trump White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders won the gubernatorial primary, after leading the pack in fundraising and polling. Her father, Mike Huckabee, was the governor of Arkansas from 1996 to 2007.

Some crucial runoffs are happening in Texas, which had to do with a shooting Tuesday near San Antonio. In Texas’ 28th District, incumbent Rep. Henry Cuellar is facing Jessica Cisneros after Cuellar failed to get 50% of the vote in the March 1 primary. As of Tuesday night, fewer than 200 votes separated the two.

CBS News projected that Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton will win the Republican nomination, easily defeating Land Commissioner George P. Bush. While Paxton is mired in many scandals, Bush, the son of former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, nephew of former President George W. Bush and grandson of former President George HW Bush, couldn’t get over his last name.

According an april poll by the Texas Hispanic Policy Foundation, 40% of Republican primary voters said they would never vote for Bush. Two-thirds of those voters said it’s because he’s a member of the Bush family. Forty-one percent said they would not vote for Bush because he is not conservative enough.

Bush tweeted a concession and drew attention to Tuesday’s shooting in Uvalde, Texas, which left at least 19 children and two adults dead.

“But after today’s tragic events, it’s important to keep life’s temporary disappointments in perspective,” Bush said. “There are grieving parents in South Texas today. My family and I are grieving with them.”

Bo Erickson contributed to this story.

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