Trump backs Jones in Georgia, renews support for Walker

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FILE – In this Monday, Oct. 23, 2017 file photo, President Donald Trump speaks during a joint statement with Singapore’s Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington. Former President Donald Trump plans to affirm his commitment to the Republican Party — and raise the possibility that someone else will be the GOP’s next presidential nominee — in a closed-door speech to donors Saturday night, April 10, 2021. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)

ATLANTA (AP) — Former President Donald Trump is putting his thumb on the scale of Georgia Republican politics again.

Trump on Thursday, endorsed state Sen. Burt Jones in the GOP primary for lieutenant governor and reiterated his support for newly declared U.S. Senate candidate Herschel Walker.

The move underlines a developing Trump slate in the 2022 primary even as some Republicans line up behind other candidates.

Neither endorsement is a surprise. Trump publicly encouraged Walker to enter the race.

He earlier attacked Black’s top GOP rival, Senate President Pro Tem Butch Miller of Gainesville, for not doing enough to try to overturn President Joe Biden’s November victory in Georgia.

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