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Donald Trump looking at backing primary challenger to Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger

Brad Raffensperger - Georgia Secretary of State
Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger speaks during a news conference on Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2020, in Atlanta. Georgia election officials have announced an audit of presidential election results that will trigger a full hand recount. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

Former President Donald Trump is supposedly looking at backing a primary challenger to Georgia’s Secretary of State, Brad Raffensperger.

According to a new report, the former President of the United States, Donald Trump, is expected to support a challenger to the Georgia Secretary of State, Brad Raffensperger, after election officials shut down the former President’s claims of nationwide voter fraud in Georgia. Three people within Trump’s circle confirmed this in a report to Politico just days ago. Additionally, top aide Jason Miller teased the idea of a “big” endorsement from Trump surfacing Monday in a “Fox News Sunday” broadcast.

Republican Representative Jody Hice is likely to challenge the Georgia Secretary of State in a primary. Hice echoed Trump’s claims in the past election and supported the President’s claims of widespread voter fraud and a stolen election. In November, however, Raffensperger revealed he voted for Trump despite his bemoaning of the President’s attacks. What’s more, Hice says Trump has voiced his support for his challenge to Raffensperger. In a statement this past Monday, former President Trump said, “Wow, just heard the good news. One of our most outstanding congressmen, Jody Hice, has announced he is running for secretary of state in the great state of Georgia.”

Trump had previously slammed Raffensperger by saying that unlike him, Rep. Hice has ‘integrity’. In a USA Today Op-Ed, Raffensperger commented on the election results, saying, “By all accounts, Georgia had a wildly successful and smooth election.” Raffensperger continued, adding, “We finally defeated voting lines and put behind us Fulton County’s now notorious reputation for disastrous elections. This should be something for Georgians to celebrate, whether their favored presidential candidate won or lost. For those wondering, mine lost — my family voted for him, donated to him and are now being thrown under the bus by him.”

Georgia governor Brian Kemp also faced backlash from the former U.S. president as Trump attacked him for election officials refusing to give credence to his claims of election fraud. In December of last year, Donald Trump tweeted about this, saying, “The Republican Governor of Georgia refuses to do signature verification, which would give us an easy win. What’s wrong with this guy? What is he hiding?” The controversy started when a phone call surfaced that had then President Donald Trump saying questionable things to Secretary of State Raffensperger just after the 2020 U.S. Presidential election.

In the aforementioned phone call, Trump told Raffensperger, “So look, all I want to do is this. I just want to find 11,780 votes, which is one more than we have. Because we won the state. Trump continued, adding, “There’s no way I lost Georgia, there’s no way. We won by hundreds of thousands of votes.” This phone call raised many questions about the integrity of then President Trump, as well as the legitimacy of the phone call. It is now under investigation by the Secretary of State’s office, as well as the Fulton County District Attorney’s office.

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ARTICLE: ETHAN FINN

POLITICS EDITOR: CARSON CHOATE

PHOTO CREDITS: NBC NEWS

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