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Rich McCormick beats Trump-backed Jake Evans in Republican primary runoff in Georgia

Donald Trump‘s losing streak continued in Georgia after two of his endorsed congressional candidates faltered in their GOP run-off elections, however his backing remained powerful in Alabama.

Emergency room physician Rich McCormick defeated attorney Jake Evans on Tuesday despite the former president calling the Republican a ‘MAGA warrior’ in a rally the night before.

McCormick beat Evans by a 20-point margin in race for the state’s the 6th District in Atlanta’s northern suburbs.

Democrat-turned-Republican Vernon Jones was also defeated in the 10th District of east Atlanta by trucking company owner Mike Collins.

Trump had persuaded Jones to run for the seat and drop his long-shot bid for governor to clear the field for his chosen candidate, former Sen. David Perdue. 

Perdue lost to Republican Gov. Brian Kemp, who endorsed Collins. The seat is being vacated by Republican Rep. Jody Hice, who also lost his bid to unseat Republican Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, another top Trump target. 

Despite Tuesday’s loses, Trump took a win in Alabama after attorney and businesswoman Katie Britt beat Rep. Mo Brooks for the Senate nomination, who saw his poll numbers dip after the former president withdrew his endorsement. 

Emergency room physician Rich McCormick defeated Donald Trump-backed attorney Jake Evans in Georgia’s congressional race. He is pictured celebrating at his campaign headquarters on Tuesday

McCormick and Evans were the two top finishers in Georgia’s primary election which took place on May 24.

However, neither candidate received enough votes to reach the 50 percent threshold required to win the primary, thus triggering the runoff election.

McCormick, who secured the Republican bid for Georgia’s Sixth Congressional District on Tuesday, celebrated the victory from his campaign headquarters.

‘We’ve got a job to do…let’s start doing it,’ he said, according to Fox 5 Joi Dukes who posted a brief video clip of his speech on Twitter.

The former military pilot and emergency room physician was met with cheers and applause following his remarks.

He  previously ran for Congress in 2020. He lost the bid for the state’s Seventh Congressional District in a narrow race against Democrat Carolyn Bourdeaux. 

McCormick (right) beat Evans (left) by a 20-point margin in the runoff primary race on Tuesday. The pair had been the two top finishers in Georgia's primary election which took place on May 24 but neither had secured the 50% threshold needed to win. They are pictured during a debate on June 6

McCormick (right) beat Evans (left) by a 20-point margin in the runoff primary race on Tuesday. The pair had been the two top finishers in Georgia’s primary election which took place on May 24 but neither had secured the 50% threshold needed to win. They are pictured during a debate on June 6

McCormick thanked Georgia voters for making him their Republican nominee

McCormick thanked Georgia voters for making him their Republican nominee

McCormick was endorsed by Texas Sen. Ted Cruz and a handful of Georgia congressional members, including Reps. Jody Hice, Marjorie Taylor Greene, and Buddy Carter, in this latest race.

The runoff between McCormick and Evans centered on their Republican ideals, with both candidates alleging the other was not conservative enough. 

His opponent was backed by Trump. The former president held a tele-rally Monday night, calling on his supporters to vote for Evans.

‘Jake has been a fearless defender of our Constitution,’ Trump said during the event. 

‘Jake risked his entire career — he took a big risk, his entire career actually — to fight for election integrity for Pennsylvania’s illegal and unconstitutional election law changes all the way to the United States Supreme Court.’

Trump called Evans a ‘MAGA warrior’ and argued the Georgia lawyer would be elected to office and do an ‘incredible job.’

Evans (right) was backed by former President Donald Trump (left) who called the attorney a 'MAGA Warrior' during a tele-rally on Monday. The pair are pictured together in an undated photo

Evans (right) was backed by former President Donald Trump (left) who called the attorney a ‘MAGA Warrior’ during a tele-rally on Monday. The pair are pictured together in an undated photo

‘Jake will be your congressman. I think he will do an incredible job,’ the former president said Monday night. ‘The media’s been very tough on him.’

‘He’s a good person, he’s a great gentleman, and he’s got a great future, so I support Jake Evans.’

Evans, who appeared alongside Trump at the virtual event, alleged the former president’s endorsement had ‘catapulted’ his campaign.

He urged ‘every patriot’ to show up to the polls to support him in Tuesday’s race and argued that he, unlike McCormick, would fight for the people of Georgia.

‘There’s a stark contrast in this race between a strident conservative, someone that’s going to fight for you, fight against the establishment, and then there’s another candidate who is more squishy, someone who is bought out by special interests,’ Evans said.

Trump-backed Vernon Jones was also beat in Tuesday's election. Trump had persuaded Jones to run against trucking company owner Mike Collins. Trump (right) and Jones (left) are pictured together in January 2022

Trump-backed Vernon Jones was also beat in Tuesday’s election. Trump had persuaded Jones to run against trucking company owner Mike Collins. Trump (right) and Jones (left) are pictured together in January 2022

Jones is pictured with Trump's son, Donald Trump Jr. on March 7, 2022

Jones is pictured with Trump’s son, Donald Trump Jr. on March 7, 2022

Vernon Jones took to Twitter Tuesday night saying that although he lost to Mac Collins the 'fire in my belly for the America First movement will never be extinguished'

Vernon Jones took to Twitter Tuesday night saying that although he lost to Mac Collins the ‘fire in my belly for the America First movement will never be extinguished’

Trump-backed Jones was also beat in Tuesday’s election by trucking company owner Collins, the son of former congressman Mac Collins.

Collins had taken the first-place spot in the May primary against Jones and several other Republicans. But, he fell short of the majority support needed to secure the nomination.  

The businessman had been endorsement by Gov. Kemp, which analysts allege turned the runoff into a ‘proxy war’ between Trump and Georgia’s leader.

‘I’m proud to endorse Mike Collins to be the next congressman for Georgia’s 10th Congressional District,’ Kemp said in a statement last week. ‘I will be casting my ballot for Mike Collins in the June 21st GOP runoff, and I ask fellow Republicans across the district to join me in sending a trusted conservative to Washington!’

Kemp had successfully defeated Trump-endorsed candidate Perdue in Georgia’s gubernatorial primary on May 24.

Political analysts allege that due to the way the 10th District is drawn to elect Republicans, Collins will ‘cruise to victory’ in November’s election.  

Although Trump’s losing streak continued in Georgia after he had two bruising defeats in the state’s primaries, the ex-president saw success in Alabama. 

Katie Britt has won the Republican nomination for Senate in Alabama, defeating six-term Congressman Mo Brooks in a primary runoff after former Trump took the unusual step of rescinding his endorsement. She is pictured celebrating her victory Tuesday night

Katie Britt has won the Republican nomination for Senate in Alabama, defeating six-term Congressman Mo Brooks in a primary runoff after former Trump took the unusual step of rescinding his endorsement. She is pictured celebrating her victory Tuesday night

Katie Britt has won the Republican nomination for Senate in Alabama, defeating six-term Congressman Mo Brooks in a primary runoff after former Trump took the unusual step of rescinding his endorsement.

The loss ends a turbulent campaign for Brooks, a conservative firebrand who had fully embraced Trump’s election lies and had run under the banner ‘MAGA Mo.’

Trump initially endorsed Brooks in the spring of 2021, rewarding an ardent champion of his baseless claims of a stolen election. 

Brooks had voted against certifying Democrat Joe Biden’s presidential election victory and delivered a fiery speech at the rally before the U.S. Capitol insurrection, telling the crowd, ‘Today is the day that American patriots start taking down names and kicking a**.’

But nearly a year later, Trump rescinded his support after the pair’s relationship soured and as the conservative firebrand languished in the polls. 

Trump blamed his decision on comments Brooks had made months earlier, at an August rally, when he said it was time for the party to move on from litigating the 2020 presidential race – comments Trump claimed showed Brooks, one of the most conservative members of Congress, had gone ‘woke.’

Katie Britt's campaign thanked her supporters after she was declared victorious in Alabama's primary runoff race on Tuesday

Katie Britt’s campaign thanked her supporters after she was declared victorious in Alabama’s primary runoff race on Tuesday

Rep. Mo Brooks issued a concession tweet Tuesday. The loss ends a turbulent campaign for Brooks, a conservative firebrand who had fully embraced Trump's election lies and had run under the banner 'MAGA Mo'

Rep. Mo Brooks issued a concession tweet Tuesday. The loss ends a turbulent campaign for Brooks, a conservative firebrand who had fully embraced Trump’s election lies and had run under the banner ‘MAGA Mo’

The move was widely seen as an effort by Trump to save face amid other losses, and Brooks alleged that it came after he informed Trump that there was no way to ‘rescind’ the 2020 election, remove Biden from power, or hold a new special election for the presidency.

Trump’s un-endorsement was widely expected to end Brooks’ campaign. Instead, Brooks managed to finish second in the state’s May 24 primary, earning 29 percent of the vote to Britt’s 45 percent and forcing a runoff.

Brooks tried once again to get Trump to endorse him, but Trump, who has had a mixed record in backing winning candidates, instead chose Britt, Shelby’s former chief of staff.

While Brooks, 68, and Britt, 40, have similar views, their race represents a clash between two wings of the party and different generations.

Brooks, who is known for his bombastic oratory style, has described the race as a battle for the soul of Republican Party, pitting the ‘true conservative’ wing against establishment members of the GOP. He has disparaged Britt as a RINO – the GOP pejorative meaning ‘Republican in name only’ – and maintained he is the only one with a proven conservative record.

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The six-term congressman and founding member of the conservative House Freedom Caucus also made his opposition to Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell a pillar of his campaign, embarking on a ‘Fire McConnell Tour’ of town halls.

He has the backing of Texas Sen. Ted Cruz and Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, who say he would be a needed hard-line addition to the Senate.

‘This is a race about conservatives versus the establishment,’ Paul said Friday in north Alabama. ‘We need a fighter. We’re not going to get it if you send us any old Republican. We need a fighter like Mo Brooks.’

Britt, meanwhile, has cast herself as a new generation of conservative leaders. She has the endorsement of Shelby and other establishment Republicans, but stresses her own social conservative beliefs and has tried to paint Brooks as a career politician.

‘People want new blood. They want fresh blood. They want someone that will go to D.C., fight for their values and fight for the hard-working people of Alabama,’ Britt told reporters Tuesday as she voted with her husband, former New England Patriot player Wesley Britt, and two children.



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