In the Republican primary for Secretary of State of Georgia, Brad Raffensperger won an outright victory over Representative Jody Hice, whose overall embrace of Mr. Trump’s conspiracy over the 2020 election was not enough to force a runoff.
Republican primary attorney general Chris Carr brushed aside a feeble challenge from John Gordon, an attorney who had represented Trump’s false allegations of voter fraud in court. Mr Raffensperger may have had help from Democrats, thousands of whom reportedly crossed to vote on the Republican side.
“Not succumbing to the pressure is what the people want,” Mr Raffensperger said at his election observation party on Tuesday evening.
That said, few Republican candidates who have openly exposed Mr Trump’s 2020 lies have survived elsewhere.
In Ohio, the only Senate candidate to do so, Matt Dolan, finished in third place. In Pennsylvania, Republican nominee for governor, Doug Mastriano, was heavily involved in Mr. Trump’s plot to wipe out the state’s 2020 results, while the two leading Senate candidates, Dr. Mehmet Oz and David McCormick, questioned whether the Mr Biden fairly elected.
Representative Mo Brooks, an erratic far-right congressman who was once one of Mr Trump’s staunchest supporters in Congress, rose to fame for wearing body armor during the “Stop the Steal” rally at the Ellipse on Jan. 6, 2021.
But Mr. Brooks came in second in the Republican Senate primaries in Alabama ahead of Katie Britt, who ran a campaign focused heavily on local issues and who will meet Mr. Brooks in a runoff next month. Still, Ms Britt told reporters: she would have objected to the 2020 election results if she had been in office at the time.