District Attorney Fani Willis cruises to victory in Georgia primary despite scandal and setbacks in Trump prosecution

Willis easily defeated her Democrat primary opponent Christian Wise SmithREAD MORE: Scandal-plagued Fani Willis faces verdict from primary voters 

District Attorney Fani Willis won her primary election Tuesday evening, as she runs for reelection during her chaotic prosecution of former President Donald Trump.

Willis defeated her Democratic primary opponent Christian Wise Smith, a former Fulton prosecutor.

The Associated Press declared Willis the winner of her primary, as she led Smith by 77 points with 39 percent of the vote tallied.

Willis made a name for herself after filing an ambitious RICO case against former President Donald Trump, charging him with conspiring to change the results of the 2020 presidential election.

But she was also caught up in scandal after details leaked of her romantic affair with special prosecutor Nathan Wade, a man she paid handsomely to work on the case as they traveled together on luxury vacations.

Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis speaks during a news conference,

Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis speaks during a news conference,

The Trump legal team argued the relationship represented conflict of interest, as they triggered a lengthy hearing on whether she should still be able to prosecute the case.

Despite her personal and legal troubles, she was hailed as a champion for the left because of her defiance against Trump and his allies.

Willis routinely shared details of death threat as the controversy continued as well as verbal attacks on her race and her gender.

Willis also appeared at the congregation of Big Bethel AME during the scandal, comparing her plight to that of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr and rallied Democrats to her side.

'You cannot expect black women to be perfect and save the world,' she told the church congregation. 'The Lord is completing us. We are not perfect. We need your prayers. We need to be allowed to stumble. We need grace.'

Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis participates in a parade

Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis participates in a parade

Willis' willingness to fight appears to have galvanized Democrats who want to see Trump convicted of criminally trying to overthrow the election in Georgia.

Superior Court Judge Scott McAfee ultimately concluded in March that Willis could remain on the case as long as Wade was removed.

Judge McAfee is also projected to win his primary, despite his controversial decision to preserve Willis' position in the prosecution of Trump.

Despite McAffee's ruling, the Georgia federal appeals court agreed Thursday to revisit the case, casting the timeline of the trial into doubt.

The date for that hearing has not been set.

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