No candidate, however, was in a tougher spot than Loeffler. The governor defied Trump by tapping Loeffler over Collins to the coveted seat, and the former financial executive has raced to curry favor with Trump since taking office in January.

In a quirk of timing, she joined the governor on a tele-town hall shortly before Trump’s press briefing where she spoke of Kemp’s approach as a needed step to help revive Georgia’s flagging economy.

“Poor Kelly did this to herself. She asked Brian to help her across the political street and they both got hit by a bus,” said Collins spokesman Dan McLagan. “Which then got backed over them. And caught fire.”