Top Georgia Republicans fear infighting stoked by former President Donald Trump is poised to upend party efforts to defend the governor’s mansion and recapture a crucial Senate seat.
As Trump ally Herschel Walker moves toward a Senate bid that would pair him with Gov. Brian Kemp, a foe of the former president, at the top of the ticket, Republicans worry that the party is on track to field a divided 2022 slate. Walker has publicly chastised Kemp over his handling of the 2020 election, echoing Trump’s complaints — criticism that the governor rejects. Those differences could make working together near impossible if both win their primaries.
Republicans worry that the schism would open the door to a Democratic takeover of the governor’s mansion and dash hopes of ousting incumbent Sen. Raphael Warnock, a dynamic Democrat who many of them believe is underestimated outside of Georgia.
“United we win, divided we lose,” former Rep. Jack Kingston, a Georgia