Surprising Surge In Support For THIS GOP Candidate Shakes Up Georgia Elections

By Tommy Wilson | Thursday, 23 May 2024 09:30 AM
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In the wake of Tuesday's statewide primary elections, Georgia Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene, a prominent House Republican, has seen a surge in support across several counties.

This positive trend bodes well for Greene, who is poised for a third consecutive victory in the upcoming November elections.

In this third primary election since her initial run for a seat in Georgia's 14th Congressional District in 2020, Greene garnered 56,892 votes. This marks the first time she has run unopposed in a primary. Although the total number of votes she received was lower than in her previous primary, this is not unusual in an uncontested race. Notably, Greene managed to boost her support in three counties: Chattooga, Cobb, and Walker, where she received 3,847 more votes than in 2022 when she faced multiple challengers.

Carl Cavalli, a political science professor at the University of North Georgia, noted in an email on Tuesday that Greene's district is "very red," and primary turnouts are not typically indicative of a candidate's broader appeal. "Uncontested primaries are usually very low-turnout affairs, as are primaries for the 'other' party in a highly partisan district," Cavalli explained. He added that a significantly larger turnout in the Democratic primary could potentially raise questions about Greene's strength, offering Democrats a glimmer of hope.

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However, Cavalli does not anticipate significant investment from the national or state Democratic parties in this race, given Greene's likely comfortable win in November. "The only people paying attention to Greene's numbers will be any Republicans who decided not to mount a challenge," stated T.J. McCormack, a Republican strategist and commentator, on Tuesday.

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Greene, a staunch supporter of Donald Trump, has been successful in her previous primary elections, securing more than 40 percent of the vote in 2020's nine-candidate race. She later defeated Republican challenger John Cowan by about 15 points in the runoff election in August of the same year. In the general election, Greene triumphed over Democrat Kevin Van Ausdal, capturing just under 75 percent of the total vote count.

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Greene's numbers soared following her first term in Congress. In the 2022 primary election, she received 72,215 votes, easily defeating her five GOP counterparts. She later won over her Democratic opponent, Marcus Flowers, by approximately 32 points.

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Denny Salas, a political strategist and senior Vice President at New York-based Gotham Government Relations, pointed out that the real test lies in how much money Greene has left between now and the general election. He identified "red flags" in her campaign finance reports, which reveal that she has raised nearly $5 million but only has just over $1 million remaining. Salas described this level of spending in a notoriously red district as "unusual."

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Salas suggested that Greene's high spending rate could potentially allow a Democratic opponent to defeat her in November's general election. "While raising $5 million is impressive, blowing through most of it already is concerning," he said.

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The question of whether Greene will be a help or a hindrance to Trump's election chances also remains. "Republicans are in a tough spot whether to go against her with supporter Donald Trump by her side or join other Democrats with total condemnation," said Jay Oliver, LI News radio host and political commentator, on Tuesday.

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