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Trump-backed Vernon Jones leads GA’s 10th District in close primary

According to an internal poll obtained by Breitbart News, former state Rep. Vernon Jones narrowly leads his closest competitor, trucking company owner Mike Collins, in the Republican primary race for U.S. Congress in the tenth. district of Georgia.

The poll, conducted by Remington Research Group from April 10-11, found Jones four points ahead of Collins. Jones received 20% support to Collins’ 16%, while a plurality of respondents, 25%, said they were undecided.

Former Tenth District Rep. Paul Broun came in third at 15%, followed by state Rep. Tim Barr at 7% and a few others at 5% or less.

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Jones, a former Democrat, became a strong supporter of former President Donald Trump ahead of the 2020 election and eventually converted to a Republican in 2021. Jones, who has described himself as a “Black Donald Trump “, is endorsed by Trump and strongly promotes support for the former president as he campaigns in a strong red district.

State Representative Vernon Jones walks through the crowd before President Donald Trump arrives to speak at a campaign rally, November 1, 2020, in Rome, Georgia. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

Jones was originally running for governor in Georgia, but dropped out of that race at Trump’s urging and won Trump’s endorsement once he joined the race for Congress.

Trump had sought to combine Jones’ support with that of Trump-endorsed gubernatorial candidate, former Sen. David Perdue, amid Perdue’s campaign against Gov. Brian Kemp, who has been the subject of anger from Trump about the 2020 election process in Georgia.

The poll also asked how the 703 likely Republican primary voters who were polled identified with the party.

Thirty-one percent said they were a “Trump Republican”, 27% said they were “mainstream/established”, 17% said they were “evangelical”, 9% said they were they were “libertarian”, 8% said they identified as “foreign”. and seven percent answered “something else”.

Jones said in a statement to Breitbart News, “What this poll shows is clear: the momentum in this race is on our side. The people of the 10th Congressional District want a congressman who has earned the trust of President Trump, who is not afraid to fight against the radical left, and who will not back down from the GOP establishment.

He added that “despite every attack from the Fake News media and RINO Republicans, our campaign continues to reach more and more Georgians every day.”

Collins, the second-place candidate in the poll, did not seem discouraged by the Trump factor heading into the May 24 race. In a statement on social media on April 4, Collins declared“What Donald Trump understood more than any of his career political competitors was that the most important endorsement was the PEOPLE – active and inactive voters.”

The poll had a margin of error of plus or minus 3.7%.

Write to Ashley Oliver at aoliver@breitbart.com. Follow her on Twitter at @asholiver.

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