Trump-backed Katie Britt defeats Rep. Mo Brooks in Alabama GOP Senate primary runoff

Sen. Richard Shelby, R-Ala. Former U.S. top colleague Katie Britt has defeated Rep. Mo Brooks. Alabama’s Republican Senate Primary RunoffNBC News Projects.

The race to succeed Shelby, who is retiring, has rattled former President Donald Trump, whose initial support for Brooks was in line with a close political coalition.

but trump sour on the brooks, who expressed a desire to go ahead with the 2020 election after Trump falsely claimed he had won. Brooks, once an early favorite in the race, saw his polling numbers drop, and Trump withdrew his support. Brooks eventually rallied against Britt to earn a spot in the runoff, but she had become a longtime GOP front-runner. trump finally supported him less than two weeks ago.

“Everyone who helps with this campaign is a patriot who loves America, and I thank you for that,” Brooks posted on Twitter after the race was called Tuesday night, “It’s not the result we wanted, but I’m proud to fight for my country. America and you all deserve it.”

Britt will face Democratic nominee Will Boyd in November. Addressing his supporters late Tuesday, he credited Trump’s support for “helping us wrap this thing up in style.”

“The people of Alabama remember their America First agenda,” Britt said, “and we’re going to go to the United States Senate to fight for it every day.”

Meanwhile, Georgia dealt another round of blows to Trump, whose House candidates in two districts suffered defeats in Tuesday’s GOP primary runoff, NBC News projects. In the 6th Congressional District, Rich McCormick, a Marine veteran and emergency room physician, defeated Trump-backed Jake Evans. And in the 10th District, trucking company owner Mike Collins bested Trump’s favorite Vernon Jones.

The GOP also picked candidates Tuesday in key contests in Virginia, where party leaders hope to defeat two Democrats in an attempt to reclaim control of the House.

In the Second Congressional District, State Sen. Jane Keegans has won her party’s primary to take on Rep. Elaine Luria in the general election, NBC News projects. In the 7th District, Prince William County Supervisor Yesli Vega emerged from a six-way primary as the GOP nominee against NBC News Projects representative Abigail Spanberger.

Trump did not endorse either race.

Trump is likely to point to the Alabama runoff as a personal political victory, given Brooks’ defeat and his late endorsement of the Brit. But the same day Secretary of State Brad Riffensperger, a Georgia Republican, testified before the House committee that was investigating the January 6, 2021, rebellion in the Capitol, continued to reject Trump’s candidates.

The former president embarked on a revenge tour after losing the 2020 election and focused specifically on Georgia, where he tried and failed to pressure Republican state officials.

Jones, who lost the 10th Congressional District runoff, initially planned to run for governor. He dropped out to accommodate David Perdue, the former US Senator Trump endorsed against Kemp. Perdue lost, as did Rep. As did Jody Hiss, the Republican Trump endorsed against Raffensperger in the GOP primary for secretary of state. (kempo Supported Collins on Jones last week.)

in Virginia, Meanwhile, Republicans are increasingly moving into a state that not long ago seemed to have moved decisively 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 while keeping Trump at a watchful distance – reign won In a close fight this year raising the GOP’s hopes in swing districts.

“Democrats lost in Virginia last November and this trend will continue through 2022,” Republican National Committee Chair Ronna McDaniel said in an emailed statement Tuesday night. “Republicans Jane Keegans and Yesli Vega will fight for parental rights in schools and hold Joe Biden “accountable for high gas prices, lack of baby formula and rising inflation.”

In Virginia 2nd, Keegans is a Navy veteran and nurse practitioner, Leads the four-candidate field in fundraising and had strong support from national party figures such as Representative Alice Stefnik of New York, the No. 3 Republican in the House. Others competing in the primary included Tommy Altman, Andy Bahn and Jerome Bell. Luria, the Democrat whom Keegans will now target to oust, is among members of the House January 6 committee, which is holding a public hearing in 2021 on the rebellion by Trump supporters at the US Capitol.

“There wasn’t a single person I spoke to or even a single door knocker where anyone wanted to talk about the January 6th Commission,” Keegans told the Washington Post Greeting voters at the polling place on Tuesday. “They want to talk about gas prices and grocery prices and economy, economy, economy. They want to know what we’re going to do to bring down gas prices, which really cost everything. affects.”

Tuesday night’s GOP winner in Virginia’s 7th District, Vega, was the leader in a Latino coalition that worked to elect Youngkin last year. Among his top rivals were State Sen. Bryce Reeves and Army Special Forces veteran Derrick Anderson.

Also there was a runoff on the ballot Tuesday Georgia’s Democratic Primary to the Secretary of State. State Representative B Nguyen defeated former State Representative Dee Dawkins-Hagler, NBC News Projects, and will face Raffensperger.