FILE - Brian Kemp (Feb. 2022)

Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp

(The Center Square) – Incumbent Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp fended off a challenge in the Republican primary Tuesday, setting up a November rematch of the 2018 election.

At about 8:30 p.m., Kemp had picked up roughly 73% of the votes cast, and former U.S. Sen. David Perdue acknowledged Kemp's victory, telling supporters he called the governor to congratulate him. Perdue urged his supporters to support Kemp in November and promised to work on behalf of the governor's re-election bid.

"Congratulations to [Kemp] on winning the Republican nomination for another term as our Governor," House Speaker David Ralston, R-Blue Ridge, tweeted. "Thanks to Senator Perdue for his service, and we can now unite & move forward to defeat the Democrats in November!"

Kemp, Georgia's former secretary of state, will face Democrat Stacey Abrams, a former state lawmaker, in November. The governor defeated Abrams, who ran unopposed in the Democratic primary, four years ago.

"This campaign is about the people of Georgia, who have spent too many years facing barriers from the opportunities they deserve," Abrams said in a tweet earlier Tuesday. "...If you stand with me, there's nothing we can't do."

Former President Donald Trump endorsed Perdue, while former Vice President Mike Pence endorsed Kemp.

The news of Kemp's victory came shortly after several media outlets called the Republican U.S. Senate primary for Herschel Walker, a former University of Georgia football standout. Walker knocked off five other candidates, including former agriculture commissioner Gary Black, to win the nomination.

Walker, a political novice, faces incumbent Democratic U.S. Sen. Raphael Warnock in November. Warnock handily won his primary, defeating a challenge from Tamara Johnson-Shealey.

Meanwhile, in another closely watched primary, incumbent Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger defeated Trump-endorsed candidate U.S. Rep. Jody Hice in the Republican primary, taking 51.3% of the vote to Hice's 33.7% with 95% of precincts reporting.

Raffensperger has drawn the ire of Trump supporters who say he didn't do enough to support Trump in the wake of the 2020 election.

Five Democrats are vying for their party's secretary of state nomination, with Bee Nguyen leading with 43.1% of votes cast and 82% of precincts reporting. Candidates must pick up a majority of votes to avoid a runoff.

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gee whiz

Perdue's entire candidacy was a farce. It was a fake run, entirely for the purpose of his concession speech where he tried to wrangle Trump voters back to Kemp. But we all remember, Trump said Stacey Abram would have been a better governor than Kemp. For once, the orange fool was right! Hopefully Trump's voters remember and won't vote for Failing Brian Kemp because, as all Trump voters know, if Kemp wins the election, he will steal it and give it to Stacey! The only safe vote, the only vote that Kemp won't steal and give to Stacey, that is a vote for staying home in November.

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