Georgia primary: Mike Collins wins GOP nomination, defeating Trump-backed candidate Vernon Jones

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Mike Collins has won the Republican primary runoff election in Georgia’s 10th Congressional District, defeating Trump-backed Vernon Jones for the GOP nomination.

The win for Collins, who had 78% of the vote to Jones’ 24% when the Associated Press called the race, is seen as a loss for former President Donald Trump, who while not on the ballot had his clout with the GOP on the line in the primary runoff.

Trump was supporting Jones, a former state lawmaker and Democrat turned Republican who was a top Black surrogate for the then-president in the Peach State during the 2020 election. 

Republican House candidate Vernon Jones is endorsed by former President Donald Trump as he runs for the GOP nomination in Georgia’s 10th Congressional District  (Vernon Jones campaign )

Collins will be considered the favorite against the winner of the Democratic primary runoff in the district, in the race to succeed Republican Rep. Jody Hice, who launched an unsuccessful campaign for Georgia Secretary of State rather than seek re-election.

Collins was endorsed last week by Republican Gov. Brian Kemp, just three weeks after Kemp crushed former Sen. David Perdue, who was primary challenging the conservative governor

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