Trump Rally

Supporters file into the Georgia National Fairgrounds in Perry, Ga., to attend former president Donald Trump's "Save America" rally Saturday, Sept. 25, 2021. (AP Photo/Ben Gray)

ATLANTA (AP) — The rewards of an early Donald Trump endorsement will be on display Saturday in Georgia. A three-man ticket of candidates he’s backing in 2022 Republican primaries for statewide office will take the stage with him. But GOP opponents of Trump-backed candidates aren’t folding in Georgia. And some say the former president’s nod could ultimately cut against Republicans in a general election in the closely divided state. Trump’s early endorsement blitz is an attempt to keep remaking the party in his image. Ballotpedia shows Trump-backed candidates have won 37 of 43 competitive primaries since 2017. Party leaders often shied away from getting involved in primaries, and when they did, it sometimes backfired.

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