Two leading Georgia House GOP primary candidates who did not pull in at least 50% support in Tuesday night's races will compete in June 21 runoffs.
Vernon Jones in Georgia's 10th Congressional District — endorsed by former President Donald Trump — and Dr. Rich McCormick in Georgia's 6th Congressional District are going to continue campaigning for the primary nomination.
Coincidentally, Trump's candidate of choice was trailing in both races.
McCormick was nearly doubling up Trump-endorsed Jake Evans (22.55%) with more than 43% support, but short of the 50% required to clinch the nomination without a runoff, according to Decision Desk HQ's latest election returns.
Jones (around 21.57%) was in a tighter race, trailing Mike Collins (around 25.7%) by 4 points. Jones, a former Georgia state representative, had considered running for governor, before turning his attention to a House primary race and earning the endorsement from Trump.
McCormick, who had Trump's endorsement in a failed 2020 House run, is facing a Trump-backed candidate in the runoff June 21.
For the vast majority of Jones' nearly three-decade-long Georgia political career, he was a Democrat, but he reinvented himself as a pro-Donald Trump Republican and jumped in the race for an open House seat that stretches from the Atlanta suburbs to Athens.
"Hell, they even call me the Black Donald Trump!" Jones tweeted after entering the race while challenging his rivals to "Bring it on, liars!"
Jones is one of the most prominent Black politicians to endorse Trump and spoke at the 2020 Republican convention. Jones will face Collins, a trucking company president whose father, Mac Collins, was a former Georgia congressman.
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.
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