Georgia’s GOP primary for secretary of state is too early to call, NBC projects

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  • NBC News estimated it was too early to call when voting closed in the primary election for Georgia’s Republican secretary of state.
  • Georgia’s current Secretary of State Brad Riffensperger faced a primary challenge from US Representative Jody Hiss, who is endorsed by former President Donald Trump.
  • Trump has accused GOP Gov. Along with Brian Kemp, Raffensperger is attacked repeatedly.

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According to NBC News, the primary election for Georgia’s Republican secretary of state was too early to take a call on Tuesday evening to close.

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Georgia’s current Secretary of State Brad Riffensperger faced a primary challenge from US Representative Jody Hiss, who is endorsed by former President Donald Trump.

The Georgia legislator, who is running to become the state’s election chief, has echoed Trump’s false claims that there was widespread voter fraud in the 2020 presidential election. Trump’s support of loyalists willing to embrace his lies about the 2020 election has raised fears about how the candidate will handle future election results if he is voted into office.

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Trump, along with Republican Gov. Brian Kemp of Georgia, has repeatedly attacked Raffensper for thwarting his efforts to reverse President Joe Biden’s victory in the Peach State in the 2020 presidential election.

In a January 2021 phone call, Trump urged Riffensperger to “find” enough votes to overturn Georgia’s election result. That call is now part of a criminal investigation.

Former Sen. David Perdue, who supported Trump in the primary bid to oust Kemp, has also spread claims of election fraud. A review of ballots conducted by state and federal officials found no evidence of widespread voter fraud; Trump’s Attorney General at the time, William Barr, also reached the same conclusion. Dozens of lawsuits filed by Trump and his allies failed to change any state’s election results.

In Georgia, if no primary candidate wins a majority vote, the two front-runners will compete in a runoff election in late June.

The primary race in Georgia is the biggest test to date of Trump’s lasting impact on the Republican Party. Trump has touted the fact that most of the candidates he supported in the 2022 election cycle have won their primaries, although many of those races were not competitive.

Fifteen months after his single term in the White House, the former president has retained his status as the de facto leader of the GOP. Trump has strongly suggested that he is considering running for president again in 2024.

Several Republican primary candidates have tried to appeal to party grounds by talking about their pro-Trump credentials, even though the former president did not endorse them. In many cases, GOP hopefuls have favored Trump by embracing the lie that the election was stolen from him, raising the possibility that a wave of candidates spreading election conspiracy could take federal and state office next year.

Primary elections will set the table for the November midterm, when Republicans hope to win majority control of the House and Senate. Democrats are fighting upward: The president’s party underperforms in the midterm elections, and the lead in the primaries has been marked by high inflation and low approval ratings for Biden.

This is breaking news. Please check back for updates.

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