Early voting is underway for Georgia’s 2022 primary elections. Primary Day is May 24, and these races will determine who appears on the ballot this November.
It’s no surprise that Georgia is a key battleground state and probably the most important in the country when it comes down to deciding the fate of America.
We saw what happened in the 2021 Georgia runoff election when both Republican incumbents David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler lost to Democrats Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock. That runoff single-handedly cost the GOP the Senate.
As such, Peach State voters carry a lot of responsibility with them to the polls – from the U.S. Senate to the Georgia governor’s mansion, they’ll be voting on races that the rest of the nation will be keeping a very close eye on.
Here’s a basic overview of the GOP races Georgians are voting on and who the candidates are in those races:
- Gov. Brian Kemp – The sitting governor is running for reelection, touting his record on the economy and championing conservative causes such as the state’s “heartbeat” abortion bill and a bill banning “divisive concepts” such as Critical Race Theory in schools.
- Former Sen. David Perdue – The former senator is backed by former President Donald Trump as a challenger to Kemp, on the platform that Kemp has conceded too much to liberal interests as governor.
- Kandiss Taylor – From Appling County in south Georgia, Taylor is running as a cultural conservative on themes such as “Jesus, Guns and Babies.”
- Catherine Davis – Her campaign describes her as a “seasoned human resources professional and skilled program manager” who promotes “religious freedom, medical freedom, life, and school choice” among her priorities.
- Tom Williams – A native of Wilkinson County who describes himself as a “true political outsider,” having never held public office. He is running on conservative interests regarding topics such as election laws, vaccine mandates, and transgender student athletes.
- Herschel Walker – The UGA football legend is backed by former President Trump and is running as a cultural conservative who prioritizes “putting Georgia and Georgians first.”
- Gary Black – He is the current Georgia agriculture commissioner and has held that office for more than a decade.
- Latham Saddler – A former Navy SEAL and official in the National Security Council during the Trump administration.
- Kelvin King – A Cobb County businessman and Air Force veteran who also played college football, for the Air Force Academy.
- Josh Clark – A former Georgia state representative and Christian conservative activist on abortion issues.
- Jonathan McColumn – An Army veteran who reached the rank of brigadier general and an ordained minister.
Heavyweight conservative and Trump-backed Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene goes up against a handful of candidates in Tuesday’s race who are eager to unseat the high-profile congresswoman.
MTG is a huge ally of Donald Trump which will make her tough to beat as she seeks a second term in the 14th Congressional District in northwest Georgia. The district includes 10 counties in northwest Georgia and part of Cobb County.
Greene’s national following and robust campaign account haven’t stopped a host of candidates from saying they will try to unseat her, including leading competitor Jennifer Strahan. The other Republicans challenging Greene in the May primary are Eric Cunningham, Charles Lutin, James Haygood, and Seth Synstelien.
Out of all the GOP Primaries to watch on Tuesday, Americans are most likely to keep a close eye on the Peach State as voters will give us a good indication as to how the GOP might fair in the 2022 General Election.