Ever since former President Donald J. Trump lost within the state of Georgia in the course of the 2020 presidential election, he has sought revenge against the Republican incumbents there whom he blamed for not helping him overturn the outcomes.
On Tuesday, Mr. Trump lost in Georgia again, together with his endorsed candidates losing of their Republican primaries for governor, secretary of state and attorney general.
But those weren’t the one races that voters selected Tuesday. Here’s a rundown of the winners and losers in a few of a very powerful contests in Georgia, Alabama, Arkansas and Texas:
Georgia’s secretary of state won his primary, despite Trump’s best efforts.
Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger defeated Representative Jody Hice, the Trump-endorsed candidate who had embraced Mr. Trump’s lie about widespread voter fraud in the course of the 2020 election.
Mr. Trump targeted Mr. Raffensperger after he resisted the previous president’s call to “find” additional votes after his 2020 loss within the state. Mr. Trump’s involvement in the first fight elevated a normally neglected contest into considered one of the nation’s highest profile races to this point this 12 months.
Mr. Raffensperger, who pitched himself to voters as a champion of “election integrity,” will face the winner of the Democratic primary this fall. That primary is headed to a runoff. Bee Nguyen, a member of the Georgia General Assembly, was the highest vote-getter but didn’t clear the 50 percent threshold, and can face either Dee Dawkins-Haigler, a former state representative, or Michael Owens, a cybersecurity expert and former Marine.
The Georgia governor who stood as much as Trump easily defeated a Trump-backed challenger.
Gov. Brian Kemp trounced David Perdue, the previous president’s handpicked candidate, to win Georgia’s Republican nomination for governor. Mr. Kemp will face Stacey Abrams, the Democratic nominee, whom he narrowly defeated 4 years ago.
Mr. Kemp infuriated Mr. Trump by not supporting his efforts to overturn the state’s election ends in 2020. Mr. Trump then recruited a series of candidates throughout the state to challenge lawmakers like Mr. Kemp.
It is probably the most important loss yet for Mr. Trump in his war against Republicans who don’t support his election lie. While Mr. Perdue embraced Mr. Trump’s falsehoods, Mr. Kemp didn’t, and used the facility of his office to concentrate on issues like guns and the economy to appeal to conservative voters.
Chris Carr, the state’s attorney general, also defeated his Trump-backed challenger, John Gordon, to win the Republican nomination for that office. Mr. Gordon had also embraced Mr. Trump’s election lie and made that a key a part of his appeal to voters.
Herschel Walker will face Senator Raphael Warnock in November.
Herschel Walker, the previous football star and a Trump-backed Senate candidate, defeated a crowded field of challengers. Mr. Walker’s celebrity, fund-raising prowess and support from the previous president, helped put distance between himself and his lesser-known challengers.
It also helped him brush aside questions on false statements he made about his business background, and accusations that he abused his former partner. Mr. Walker will now face Senator Raphael Warnock, who was elected to the seat in a high-profile contest last 12 months and has raised record amounts of cash heading into the final election.
Mr. Warnock’s victory last 12 months helped give Democrats control of that chamber, and Republicans are desirous to win the seat back.
In Georgia, one House Democrat beat one other House Democrat in a primary orchestrated by Republicans.
Representative Lucy McBath defeated Representative Carolyn Bourdeaux and won the Democratic nomination for Georgia’s Seventh Congressional District.
It was a primary battle put in motion by a Republican-controlled redistricting process. After Republican lawmakers removed a bit of Democratic voters from Ms. McBath’s district, she decided to run within the neighboring district, where Representative Carolyn Bourdeaux was also in search of re-election.
Ms. McBath is a Black woman from the suburbs of Atlanta and has been embraced by several liberal organizations and a few progressives like Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts. Ms. Bourdeaux, a white moderate, has been expert at appealing to those in historically center-right territory.
Marjorie Taylor Greene won her Georgia House primary.
Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene, a first-term Republican known for her far right beliefs, defeated a crowded field of challengers to win the Republican nomination in her district. Ms. Greene was stripped of two committee assignments last 12 months for endorsing violence against Democrats, and spreading dangerous and bigoted misinformation.
Some Republicans in her district questioned whether voters would rebel, as they did last week in pushing out Madison Cawthorn, one other first-term, far right House member who had been engulfed in scandals of a distinct sort. They didn’t.
In Texas, a scandal-scarred attorney general defeats a challenger named Bush.
Attorney General Ken Paxton of Texas defeated George P. Bush to win the Republican nomination for that office.
Mr. Paxton has embraced Mr. Trump’s lies concerning the 2020 election and was counting on Mr. Trump’s endorsement to assist shield him from a number of scandals. He has been indicted on criminal securities-fraud charges and several of his top aides claimed he abused his office by helping a wealthy donor. Mr. Paxton has also faced abuse-of-power and bribery accusations.
Mr. Bush tried to align himself with Mr. Trump, distancing himself from the Bush political dynasty, which had largely united in opposition to Mr. Trump. His defeat may signal that the formerly powerful Bush family name has turn into a political liability within the state.
Sarah Huckabee Sanders won the Republican nomination for governor of Arkansas.
Sarah Huckabee Sanders, a former White House press secretary under Mr. Trump and the daughter of former Gov. Mike Huckabee of Arkansas, easily won the Republican nomination for governor within the state. Ms. Sanders defeated Doc Washburn, an area conservative talk radio host who was fired after he selected to not comply together with his station’s Covid-19 vaccine requirement.
Mo Brooks made it into an Alabama Senate runoff after Trump pulled back endorsement.
Mr. Trump turned on Representative Mo Brooks as he slid within the polls earlier this 12 months, but Mr. Brooks regained enough traction with voters to qualify for the run-off with the highest vote-getter within the race,
Katie Britt, a former top aide to retiring Senator Richard Shelby, whom they hope to interchange.
Ms. Britt, Mr. Brooks and a 3rd leading candidate, Mike Durant, a military contractor, didn’t conform to debate, so voter impressions were shaped to an unusual degree by ads, lots of which were funded by super-PACs and out of doors groups
In Texas, a Democratic House run-off was too near call.
The race between Representative Henry Cuellar, a Democrat who opposes abortion rights, and his progressive challenger, Jessica Cisneros, an immigration attorney, appeared too near call as of 1 a.m. Eastern time on Wednesday (results are being updated in real-time here).
The winner will run in November against the Republican nominee, Cassy Garcia, who worked as a top aide to Senator Ted Cruz.
Within the Democratic run-off, immigration and abortion rights were central issues. Ms. Cisneros positioned herself as a supporter of abortion rights and criticized the incumbent because the last anti-abortion Democrat in congress. Mr. Cuellar ran ads calling Ms. Cisneros’s position on border security extreme and potentially harmful to residents on this border district.