With or without Trump? In Georgia Republican candidates go it alone | Midterm elections in the United States

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With or without Trump? Republican candidates go it alone in Georgia | Émidterm elections in the United States

Ex-President Donald Trump gave the clearest hint at a rally in Iowa that he will run again in 2024. Two years after his defeat, Mr. Trump still has a big influence on the Republican Party and nodded more than 200 candidates. And yet, in Georgia, Republican candidates do very well without his presence. Here is my road book.

Incumbent Governor Brian Kemp accompanied by former Vice President Mike Pence.

ROME – If you happen to be strolling on a Sunday morning on the main street of Rome, this city of Georgia on the northwestern borders of the state, asking the people if they're going to vote in the election on November 8, it won't be long before you hear about… Donald Trump.

I support Donald Trump to the end, throws me a woman who continues her way at a rapid pace without me having time to point out to him that he is not a candidate this time. Midterm elections only involve the House of Representatives, one-third of Senate seats, some governors, and state legislatures.

Rodger, a diver taking his cigarette break, has a bit more time to explain that Rome, Floyd County, is 80 percent Republican, by his assessment. Rodger refers to the former president wistfully: It's not that I particularly liked Trump. I've always thought it's a big mouth that doesn't know when to shut up, but as far as the economy goes, it was doing great and that's all I care about.

As the midterm campaign draws to a close, Donald Trump has scheduled four rallies to promote Republican candidates who are neck and neck with their Democratic opponents. In Iowa, Florida, Pennsylvania and Ohio. But not in Georgia.

Donald Trump lost the last election in Georgia by 11,779 votes. There have been recounts, accusations of Democratic hacking of voting machines, and Donald Trump himself has called on then-Secretary of State Brad Raffensberger, who is seeking re-election, to find him the missing votes to give him the win.

In preparation for 2022, Donald Trump did in Georgia what he did elsewhere in the United States: he supported candidates who were to defeat in the party primaries those he believed to be responsible for its defeat.

Both Brad Raffensberger and Brian Kemp, the governor who is seeking a second term, easily defeated these opponents. Brian Kemp even campaigned with former Vice President Mike Pence the day before the primaries, as a slap in the face to Trump.

As a result, for the two men, of the independent campaigns of the ex-president, they both praise their attachment to the efficient electoral system of Georgia, while the state adopted in 2021, in response to the difficulties encountered in 2020, changes to 50 state laws that severely restrict access to the vote.

Herschel Walker has was dubbed by Donald Trump as Republican candidate in Georgia for the Senate.

Donald Trump's last rally in Georgia was over six months ago and Herschel Walker, the football star he convinced to run for senator, took to it the floor.

It was rumored that the ex-president would return to lend a hand to Walker's campaign after the debate with his Democratic opponent Raphaël Warnock, but it seems that this Either the Republican campaign organization in Georgia doesn't want to see him.

The attention of voters is well focused on inflation and illegal immigration, and I have been given to understand that the arrival of Donald Trump would be a distraction, that it would only be about him and his possible return to the presidential race. You only have to see what just happened at the rally in Iowa to understand. In the case of Herschel Walker, the race is so close that there could be a runoff on December 6 if neither gets 50% of the vote.

Let Walker has managed to keep elbow-to-elbow with the Reverend Warnock despite the scandals that have erupted is unexpected. And we do not want to deviate from the strategy of constantly reminding that it is the Democrats and Joe Biden who are responsible for the fact that everything costs more and more.

Republican Georgia is changing, political science professor Charles Bullock told me. Economic growth is good there, so people moving to Georgia are less and less conservative, less and less Republican.

So, as Republican Gov. Brian Kemp bluntly puts it , it is the Democrats who must be convinced, it is in the non-traditionally Republican neighborhoods that we must campaign.

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