Polls close in Virginia and Georgia, where key congressional showdowns are being held

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The polls have closed in Virginia, which is holding congressional primaries on Tuesday, and in Georgia, where there are primary runoff elections in two congressional districts.

And while former President Donald Trump is not on the ballot, his clout within the GOP is once again being tested in Georgia’s two Republican runoff contests.

In Georgia’s 10th Congressional District, Trump is supporting Vernon 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. Jones is facing off on Tuesday against Mike Collins, the owner of a trucking company.

Either Collins or Jones 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.

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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 with heavy support from Trump. Kemp topped Perdue by more

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