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Georgia’s primaries were a victory for democracy

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Elections often produce mixed messages, but that wasn’t the case in Tuesday’s Georgia primaries. Peach State voters made a loud and clear statement: Democracy is alive and well.

This is most obvious in the state’s raucous Republican contests. Former president Donald Trump intervened in a host of races with the intent to punish the Georgia GOP establishment that had refused to overturn the 2020 election on his behalf. He recruited high-profile challengers to the two biggest “villains” in his twisted tale, Gov. Brian Kemp and Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger. He also endorsed little-known challengers to the incumbent attorney general and insurance commissioner, all to replace the existing Georgia Republican leadership with his minions.

The state’s GOP voters had other ideas. They turned out in record numbers to repudiate Trump’s attempted party coup. Kemp beat his foe, former senator David Perdue, by a whopping 52 points, winning every one of Georgia’s 159 counties. Trump’s candidates for attorney general and insurance commissioner were also walloped, with the incumbents each breaking 70 percent of the........

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