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Raffensperger bests Hice for GOP Georgia secretary of state : NPR

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Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger (pictured) has crushed Rep. Jody Hice within the Republican main for Georgia secretary of state.

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Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger (pictured) has crushed Rep. Jody Hice within the Republican main for Georgia secretary of state.

Alyssa Pointer for NPR

Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, who famously refused former President Donald Trump’s entreaties to “discover” sufficient votes to overturn his loss within the state within the 2020 presidential election, has handily defeated Trump’s alternative to interchange him, in accordance with a race name by The Related Press.

The Republican Raffensperger topped U.S. Rep. Jody Hice and two different challengers in a GOP main that many political observers thought would head to a runoff, with no candidate reaching the 50% threshold to win outright.

However on the time of the AP’s race name, Raffensperger had edged above that mark, with about 52% of the vote, notching a repudiation of Trump’s efforts to spice up Hice.

Primaries for secretary of state are sometimes sleepy campaigns. However this Georgia contest took on outsized political significance after Raffensperger denied Trump’s request to overturn the election.

The previous president now faces a criminal probe in Georgia for these efforts.

Hice, who garnered Trump’s endorsement, objected to the 2020 election outcomes on the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021, simply hours after it had been stormed by a violent pro-Trump mob. And he pushed baseless claims about widespread voter fraud all through the secretary of state’s marketing campaign.

Raffensperger has defended his actions within the wake of the 2020 election, saying his workplace investigated all allegations of wrongdoing. And whereas praising Georgia’s controversial 2021 election regulation that added new restrictions to the voting course of, he is additionally called for a constitutional modification to bar noncitizens from voting — one thing that is already banned below state regulation.

Hice was considered one of many candidates who deny the outcomes of the 2020 presidential election and are actually working to supervise voting of their states — a pattern that has alarmed election specialists and raised the salience of those contests.

Trump has endorsed three of these secretary of state candidates who falsely declare the 2020 election was stolen, together with Hice and Kristina Karamo, who lately acquired the backing of Michigan Republicans.

Raffensperger’s Democratic opponent just isn’t but recognized. State Rep. Bee Nguyen seems headed for a runoff with one other candidate after securing a transparent plurality of the vote.

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