Katie Britt, a former top aide to Senator Richard Shelby, R-Ala., has told Rep. Mo Brooks defeated in Alabama Republican Senate First RunNBC News Projects.
The race to succeed Shelby, who is retiring, had confused former President Donald Trump, whose early endorsement of Brooks was consistent with what had been a tight-knit political alliance.
But Trump soured on Brooks, who had expressed a desire to move forward with the 2020 elections that Trump continues to falsely claim to have won. Brooks, once an early favorite in the race, saw his poll numbers plummet and Trump withdrew his endorsement. Brooks eventually rallied to earn a second-round spot against Britt, but she had long since become the GOP’s frontrunner. Trump finally endorsed her less than two weeks ago.
“Everyone who has helped this campaign is a patriot who loves America, and I thank you for that,” he said. Brooks posted on Twitter after the race was mentioned Tuesday night† “This is not the result we wanted, but I am proud to have fought for our country. America, and all of you, are worth it.”
Britt will face Democratic candidate Will Boyd in November. Addressing her supporters late on Tuesday, she praised Trump’s endorsement by “helping us finish this thing in style.”
“People all over Alabama are missing its America First agenda,” Britt added, “and we’re going to the United States Senate to fight for it every day.”
Meanwhile, Georgia dealt another blow to Trump, whose approved House candidates in two districts were defeated Tuesday in the primary GOP runoffs, NBC News projects. In the 6th congressional district, Rich McCormick, a Navy veteran and emergency room physician, defeated Trump-backed Jake Evans. And in the 10th district, trucking company owner Mike Collins beat Trump’s favorite Vernon Jones.
The GOP also picked candidates Tuesday in key contests in Virginia, where party leaders hope to fire two Democrats in the fall as they try to regain control of the House.
In the 2nd Congressional District, Senator Jen Kiggans has won her party’s primary to face Elaine Luria in the general election, NBC News projects. In the 7th district, Prince William County supervisor Yesli Vega emerged from a six-time primary as the GOP nominee against Rep. Abigail Spanberger, NBC News Projects.
Trump did not support either race.
Trump is likely to point to the Alabama runoff election as a personal political victory, given Brooks’ defeat and his belated endorsement of Britt. But Georgia Republicans, the same day Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger testified before the House committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021 Capitol uprising, continued to reject Trump’s candidates.
The former president embarked on a revenge tour after losing the 2020 election, focusing primarily on Georgia, where he tried and failed to pressure Republican state officials, including Governor Brian Kemp and Raffensperger, into manipulating the state vote in his favor. .
Jones, who lost the second round to the 10th Congressional District, initially planned to run for governor. He stopped to house David Perdue, the former US Senator who supported Trump against Kemp. Perdue lost, as did Rep. Jody Hice, the Republican Trump who was endorsed against Raffensperger in the GOP first for Secretary of State. (Kempic endorsed Collins on Jones last week.)
In Virginia, meanwhile, Republicans are optimistic in a state that not long ago seemed to have moved resolutely toward Democrats. President Joe Biden won there in 2020 by 10 percentage points. But just last year, Republican Glenn Youngkin — who focused on local issues like the school curriculum and kept Trump at a cautious distance — won the governorship in a hard-fought race, rousing GOP expectations in swing districts this year.
“Democrats lost in Virginia last November and that trend will continue into 2022,” Republican National Committee chair Ronna McDaniel said in an emailed statement Tuesday night. Republicans Jen Kiggans and Yesli Vega will fight for parental rights in schools and hold Joe Biden responsible for high gas prices, baby food shortages and soaring inflation.
In Virginia’s 2nd, Kiggans, a Navy veteran and nurse, led the field with four candidates in fundraising and had strong support from national party figures such as Rep. Elise Stefanik of New York, the No. 3 Republican in the House. Others who entered the primary were Tommy Altman, Andy Baan and Jarome Bell. Luria, the Democrat who now wants to expel Kiggans, is one of the members of the January 6 House committee that has held public hearings on the Trump supporters’ uprising in the US Capitol in 2021.
“There was not a single person I spoke to or a single door I knocked on where anyone wanted to talk about the Jan. 6 committee,” Kiggans said. told The Washington Post while greeting voters at a polling station Tuesday. “They want to talk about gas prices and supermarket prices and the economy, the economy, the economy. They want to know what we’re going to do to lower gas prices, which really affects the price of everything.”
Vega, the GOP winner in Virginia’s 7th district Tuesday night, was a leader in a Latino coalition that worked last year to elect Youngkin. Among its biggest rivals were the state of Sen. Bryce Reeves and Army Special Forces veteran Derrick Anderson.
A second round was also held on Tuesday’s vote Democratic primaries in Georgia for Secretary of State. State Representative Bee Nguyen defeated former State Representative Dee Dawkins-Haigler, NBC News Projects, and will face Raffensperger.