Trump returns to Georgia confronting test of his grip on GOP

  • Former President Donald Trump arrives at a rally on March 12 in Florence, S.C. Trump wants to use November’s midterm elections to solidify his continued dominance of the national Republican Party. Few places are more central to that effort than Georgia. Enraged that Republican Gov. Brian Kemp didn’t advance lies that the state’s free and fair presidential election was stolen, Trump recruited former Sen. David Perdue to run against him in the May 24 primary. (AP Photo/Meg Kinnard, File)

  • FILE - President Donald Trump greets then-Sen. David Perdue, R-Ga., as he arrives at Dobbins Air Reserve Base for a campaign event Sept. 25, 2020, in Atlanta. Trump wants to use November's midterm elections to solidify his continued dominance of the national Republican Party. Few places are more central to that effort than Georgia. Enraged that Republican Gov. Brian Kemp didn't advance lies that the state's free and fair presidential election was stolen, Trump recruited former Sen. David Perdue to run against him in the May 24 primary. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)

COMMERCE, Ga. — In Donald Trump’s push to fundamentally reshape the Republican Party, few places are a higher priority than Georgia.