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Donald Trump’s reputation as the undisputed Republican kingmaker is on the ballot in today’s Georgia primary, where former Vice President Mike Pence showed up last night to twist the knife more far behind the back of his former boss.

As polls opened in the party’s primary for governor this morning, Trump’s favorite candidate and former senator David Perdue tracking holder Brian Kemp by a significant margin.

Pence, the loyal former congressman tipped for his own run for the White House in 2024, amplified his divergence with Trump by siding with Kemp at Kennesaw on Monday night.

“When you say yes to Governor Brian Kemp tomorrow, you will send a deafening message across America that the Republican Party is the party of the future,” Pence said in another scathing rebuke to Trump’s retrograde obsession with his defeat. 2020 election.

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Mike Pence is campaigning for Georgia Governor Brian Kemp in Kennesaw on Monday. Photograph: John Amis/EPA

Trump’s thirst for revenge on Kemp for refusing to block Joe BidenTrump’s victory in Georgia, or supporting the big lie that the election was stolen, has calcified in his support for Perdue, but if the polls turn out to be right and his favorite candidate falls, the value of the Trump’s once-coveted endorsement will be further eroded.

Pence is one of a number of senior Republicans working to get there, albeit inadvertently. At a conservative conference in Florida in February, Pence said Trump was wrong to think the election could be overturned, and that attempting to do so was “unAmerican.”

In Georgia, in particular, and elsewhere, other Republican critics of Trump and past and current governors, including chris christi of New Jersey and Doug Ducey of Arizona worked to weaken Trump’s influence.

Most major candidates backing the lie he endorsed in Republican primaries for this year’s midterm elections won, according to analysis from New York Today, but many ran unopposed or against opponents. unknown or poorly funded.

His track record in major races is less convincing. Famous television doctor Mehmet Oz failed to land a knockout blow in the Pennsylvania Senate primary and is still locked in a close race with the former Treasury Department official David McCormickwhich is heading for a recount.

And the extremist, scandal-ridden congressman Madison Cawthorn was ousted in North Carolina despite Trump’s appeals to voters to give him another chance.

My colleagues Sam Levin and Alvin Chang cast this look at Trump-backed Big Lie supporters running for office in multiple states in what many see as an alarming assault on democratic principles in the United States:

Primary day in Georgia and several other states

Hello and welcome to Tuesday’s US Politics Blog. It’s day one in Georgia and a handful of other states, so strap in: it’s going to be an exciting day.

It’s a day of judgment, in a way, for donald trumpwhen his great endorser supporting the lie David Perdue assume the holder Brian Kemp in the long-awaited Republican primary for governor of Georgia.

Kemp became the target of the former president by refusing to block Joe Bidenin the state, but leads former Georgia senator Perdue by a convenient margin in many polls. And last night Mike PenceTrump’s former vice president, has come forward to side with Kemp in yet another rebuke to his former boss.

Perdue’s defeat would seriously damage Trump’s carefully crafted reputation as a Republican kingmaker.

Other intriguing races take place in Texaswhere the incumbent Democratic MP Henry Cuellar faces a daunting challenge from progressive Jessica Cisnerosand in Alabamawhere Republican congressman and Trump loyalist Mo Brooks seeks the party’s Senate nomination after losing Trump’s endorsement.

We’ll be looking at some of the key races throughout the day and will have any developments in our ‘after hours’ blog later today, hosted by my colleague Joan E. Greve.

Here’s what else we’re looking at today:

  • Joe Biden returned from Asia, where he ruffled Chinese feathers with comments on Taiwan’s defense, and met with Indo-Pacific leaders to strengthen US partnerships in the region.
  • Rudy Giulani blocked the January 6 House inquiry into donald trump‘s efforts to overturn his election defeat in lengthy testimony on Friday, the Guardian has learned. The former president’s personal attorney declined to discuss the involvement of Republican politicians in Trump’s plot.
  • The New York criminal investigation into Trump’s business dealings, meanwhile, has assigned his longtime executive aide to a deposition next week. State Attorney General Letitia James account to question Rhona Graff on allegedly fraudulent financial statements.
  • Vice-president Kamala Harris will carry in Alina Romanowski as Ambassador to Iraq, and Deborah Lipstadt as special envoy to monitor and combat anti-Semitism.

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