Republican Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene has won her primary in Georgia’s 14th Congressional District on Tuesday night.
The firebrand lawmaker scored a victory in her first re-election bid, nabbing more than 70 percent of the vote with just over half the ballots counted.
While her divisive style has earned her criticism from Democrats and a myriad of national headlines, it appears that Donald Trump’s all-important endorsement prevailed with Greene’s constituents.
‘My enemies on both the left and the right will never admit it out loud, but I’ve become one of the most effective members in Congress for the Republican Party,’ Green boasted in her election night victory speech.
The former president had praised Greene as a ‘warrior’ in his initial endorsement and appeared with her multiple times since leaving office, including most recently at the Mar-a-Lago premiere of far-right activist Dinesh D’Souza’s new film 2000 Mules.
Meanwhile Trump scored another Peach State victory in Senate GOP primary candidate Herschel Walker, a former football star who has a personal friendship with the ex-president that goes back decades.
Walker’s candidacy was originally met with concern by establishment Republicans – particularly over his self-admitted dissociative identity disorder and past allegations of domestic abuse.
But even Trump’s rival, Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell, grew to support Walker after deeming him the most electable candidate.
Walker will now go on to face Democrat Senator Raphael Warnock in November’s midterm election.
Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene won a decisive victory in Georgia’s 14th Congressional District Republican primary race
She carried her heavily rural district with more than half of the vote
U.S. Senate candidate Herschel Walker speaks to supporters during an election night watch party, Tuesday, May 24. He’ll go on to face Democrat Senator Raphael Warnock in the November midterm elections
Walker’s mother, Christine Walker, was pictured looking on as her son spoke
Greene was up against a crowded field of five GOP primary challengers seeking to take her spot in Georgia’s heavily rural 14th Congressional District.
The most formidable was healthcare executive Jennifer Strahan, whose no-nonsense conservative approach earned her endorsements from GOP groups in the state and a campaign appearance from sitting Louisiana Senator Bill Cassidy, one of Greene’s fellow Congressional Republicans.
But Strahan began trailing Greene early in the polls, despite bringing in an impressive amount of outside attention to her campaign. Just over two hours after polls closed, the businesswoman was hovering at 15 percent.
In her Tuesday night victory speech, Greene called President Joe Biden’s election ‘fraudulent’ and pledged to continue to ‘fight in every way I can to stop the Democrats’ Communist agenda.’
‘I’ve hit a few roadblocks on the way – perhaps because the Washington elites realized I would always put you, the voters, first,’ Greene said.
She said later, ‘Their fear makes us powerful. Sending me back to Washington will send a message to the blood-sucking establishment: It is we who will set the political agenda for the next decade, and not them.’
That line, as well as bragging about introducing bills to impeach Biden and fire Dr. Anthony Fauci, earned her enthusiastic applause.
The Peach State shattered early voting records for a primary election, with more than 850,000 already cast according to Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger’s office.
‘Compared early-voting turnout in recent primaries, this represented a 168 percent increase over the 2018, the last gubernatorial primary and a 212 percent jump above 2020, the last presidential primary year,’ a statement from his office read.
Raffensperger credited the state’s newly-passed election security law for the surge by creating ‘short lines, smooth easy ballot access, and confidence in ballot security,’ despite Democrat critics blasting it as ‘voter suppression.’
Strahan hoped to offer voters the same brand of Trump-inspired America First politics without the eyebrow-raising headlines that caused Greene to be stripped of her committee assignments by the Democrat-led House early last year.
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Asked how Greene felt heading into Tuesday race, her spokesman told DailyMail.com on Monday that ‘she is very confident.’
He also sent links to Greene’s Telegram channel that contain images of the Congresswoman mingling with and embracing voters in the lead-up to her first re-election bid.
Among Strahan’s most persistent lines of attack against Greene involve accounts from constituents who claim the lawmaker does not engage with them and ignores their needs.
The businesswoman’s campaign claims Greene is already playing dirty, sharing with DailyMail.com screenshots of messages from people claiming to have seen Strahan campaign signs being ripped out of the ground.
‘Hey, I just saw a pickup driving down the street down here…They were ripping up all the Strahan signs and putting up MTG signs. I think they’re feeling threatened,’ one of the messages read.
Another message to Strahan’s campaign read: ‘I know you get millions of messages and probably will never see this but I just wanted to let you know that I’m(sp) Summerville on highway 114 I saw some crazy man tearing down your signs and throwing them into the woods.’
Greene’s spokesman directed DailyMail.com to the congresswoman’s Telegram channel, where she shared photos and videos of herself mingling with supporters
Greene’s critics want to see a repeat of her ally Rep. Madison Cawthorn’s stunning defeat in North Carolina last week to a Republican establishment-backed rival – but political experts do not think that will be the case.
Dr. M.V. Hood III, a professor of political science at the University of Georgia and the Director of the SPIA Survey Research Center, told DailyMail.com that Greene’s national headlines – which include her past support for QAnon theories and supporting calls for violence against Democrat leaders before she was in office – do not have the same effect on the local scale in the 14th District.
‘She does retail politics. She’s in the district, she talks to people, she does a lot of very normal – even though she appears to be somewhat extreme in some of her statements – I mean, the kind of stuff she does back in her district is very normal,’ Hood said.
He added that he ‘wouldn’t be surprised’ if Greene managed to sail to victory on Tuesday night past the 50-percent threshold required to avoid a runoff.
‘I find it hard to believe that, you know, Republicans would turn on her now,’ Jay Williams, a Republican strategist in Georgia, told DailyMail.com.
Williams said Greene’s voters likely are not seeing her name in the news cycle the way people who follow large national outlets like the New York Times and CNN, which he branded the ‘national echo chamber.’
‘Even if it’s true, they might not believe it, or might not care because it’s coming from CNN or some of these other outlets. So it’s going to have a hard time penetrating down to down to that regular Republican voter,’ he said.
Asked about Strahan’s chances, Williams branded the businesswoman’s campaign ‘uninspiring’ and ‘uninteresting’ – emphasizing the uphill battle to get all of Greene’s GOP critics into one faction, particularly when four other candidates are trying to do the same thing.
The winner of the deep-red rural district is the likely favorite to win the seat in November’s midterms.