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Rich McCormick beats Trump-backed Jake Evans in Republican primary runoff in Georgia a day after former president held rally for his candidate

Emergency room physician Rich McCormick has defeated a Donald Trump-backed attorney in Georgia‘s congressional race. 

McCormick defeated Jake Evans in a Republican runoff election Tuesday, just one day after the former president held a rally supporting the attorney.

The physician, who was backed by Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, beat Evans by a 20-point margin. The Associated Press called the election shortly before 8.30pm.

Evans is the second Trump endorsed candidate to see defeat in the Peach State on Tuesday night.

The runoff between the pair centered on their Republican ideals, with both candidates alleging the other was not conservative enough. 

Emergency room physician Rich McCormick has defeated a Donald Trump-backed attorney in Georgia's congressional race

Emergency room physician Rich McCormick has defeated a Donald Trump-backed attorney in Georgia’s congressional race

McCormick and Evans were the two top finishers in Georgia’s primary election which took place on May 24.

However, neither candidate received enough votes to reach the 50 percent threshold required to win the primary, thus triggering the runoff election.

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McCormick, who secured the Republican bid for Georgia’s Sixth Congressional District on Tuesday, previously ran for Congress in 2020.

He lost the bid for the state’s Seventh Congressional District in a narrow race against Democrat Carolyn Bourdeaux. 

The former military pilot and emergency room physician was endorsed by Cruz and a handful of Georgia congressional members, including Reps. Jody Hice, Marjorie Taylor Greene, and Buddy Carter, in this latest race.

His opponent was backed by Trump. The former president held a tele-rally Monday night, calling on his supporters to vote for Evans.

‘Jake has been a fearless defender of our Constitution,’ Trump said during the virtual event. ‘Jake risked his entire career — he took a big risk, his entire career actually — to fight for election integrity for Pennsylvania’s illegal and unconstitutional election law changes all the way to the United States Supreme Court.’

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