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Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger holds seat towards Trump-backed GOP major rival

Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger focus on his new e-book, “Integrity Counts,” throughout an interview on Thursday, October 28, 2021, in Atlanta. Within the e-book, Raffenseperger speaks out towards former President Donald Trump’s claims of voter fraud within the 2020 election. (G3 Field Information Photograph/Ron Harris) Ron Harris/G3 Field Information

Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger holds seat towards Trump-backed GOP major rival

Kate Scanlon

Might 25, 01:11 AM Might 25, 01:11 AM

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Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger received a Republican major race in his bid for reelection, a blow to former President Donald Trump’s efforts to unseat the election official for not backing his unfounded claims of a stolen 2020 election.

Georgia, a state carried by President Joe Biden in 2020, is a key a part of Trump’s claims of election fraud. The previous president has repeatedly argued he received the state with out proof.

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Polling within the race alternately confirmed Raffensperger or Hice within the lead, with massive percentages of voters undecided, signaling an in depth contest.

Raffensperger sparked the ire of Trump by disputing his unfounded claims that the 2020 election was stolen from him. In audio and a transcript of a telephone name shortly after the election that was later printed by the Washington Publish, Trump tried to stress Raffensperger to change the outcomes of the state’s election, which Trump misplaced. Trump later endorsed Hice in a revenge-fueled effort to drive Raffensperger from workplace.

Hice ran a bid centered on his Trump endorsement and vowing to “renew election integrity.” Raffensperger additionally ran on election integrity, searching for to spotlight the steps he took in workplace that he stated would safeguard elections whereas searching for to debunk false claims concerning the 2020 election.

As a member of Congress, Hice backed Trump’s claims concerning the election, voting towards certifying the election outcomes for Biden.

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Trump’s vendetta towards lawmakers and election officers who didn’t again his claims of a stolen election additionally prolonged to Georgia Gov. Mind Kemp, who defeated a Trump-backed major challenger, former Sen. David Purdue. The previous senator misplaced a January 2021 runoff election as Trump labored to overturn the outcomes of the 2020 election.

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