RADICAL ROUNDUP: Alabama, Arkansas & Georgia

Primary voters in Alabama, Arkansas, and Georgia went to the polls earlier this week, and there were runoff elections in Texas and a special election in Minnesota. Here are some of the key results.

First, the big one: Georgia, where there was good news and bad. The bad was that Divider Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (GA-14) fended off her GOP competition to advance to the general election.

The good news is that both Gov. Brian Kemp and Sec. of State Brad Raffensperger—two stalwarts of the 2020 election, who refused to bend to Donald Trump’s will, earning his ire in the process—beat their challengers, election deniers David Perdue and Jody Hice.

Of nine other Georgia radicals…

  • 2 advance to general: Rep. Andrew Clyde (GA-09) & Herschel Walker (GA-US Sen)
  • 2 advanced to runoffs: Michael Collins & Vernon Jones (GA-10)
  • 1 undecided: Burt Jones (GA-Lt Gov)
  • 1 withdrew: Patrick Witt (GA-10)
  • 3 LOST: Michael Boggus (GA-09), Kandiss Taylor (GA-Gov) & John Gordon (GA-Atty Gen)

In Alabama, four radical incumbents WON: Rep. Barry Moore (AL-02, uncontested), Rep. Robert Aderholt (AL-04, uncontested), Gov. Kay Ivey, and Atty. Gen. Steve Marshall. And Mo Brooks (AL-US Sen) is heading to a runoff. All are 2020 election deniers. But these three radicals LOST their Alabama primary elections: Harrison Wright (AL-05), Lynda Blanchard (AL-Gov), and Mike Durant (AL Sen).

The news was all good in Arkansas. The four radical candidates we identified LOST. They include Doc Washburn (AR-Gov), Brandt Smith (AR-01), Conrad Reynolds (AR-02), and notorious white supremacist Neil Kumar (AR-03).

It was the opposite case in the Texas runoff elections, where all three radicals WON. They include Johnny Teague (TX-07), Ken Paxton (TX-Atty Gen), and Dawn Buckingham (TX-Land Commissioner). Paxton is known for filing a lawsuit that attempted to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential elections in four battleground states won by Joe Biden. It was later thrown out by the U.S. Supreme Court.

Finally, in Minnesota’s 1st District special election, Jeremy Munson—an election conspiracy theorist who has called for Dr. Anthony Fauci to be jailed—LOST.

Through its “Rise of American Radicalism” research project, the Renew America Foundation (RAF) — the 501(c)(3) arm of RAM — has identified more than 250 radical candidates running for office this cycle. You can learn more about these candidates using the RAF Extremist Tracker.