High anxiety over Trump in Georgia GOP

But several GOP strategists and operatives expressed concerns that Trump’s looming intervention in the midterms — especially his pledge to support a primary challenge to Gov. Brian Kemp (R) — could only serve to deepen their losses in one of the nation’s fastest-growing and most diverse battleground states.

“He’s done a real number on us already,” one Republican consultant in Georgia said, blaming Trump for the GOP’s losses in two January Senate runoffs. “My concern is Trump becomes a distraction. You never want to have to deal with nonsense, and right now we really can’t afford his nonsense.”…

“There’s going to be some rough primaries. I don’t think there’s a way around that,” a Republican campaign operative who has worked on statewide races in Georgia said. “Everyone is going to be going after that Trump endorsement and tearing each other apart to get it.”