Raffensperger Wins GA Secretary of State Primary: Results

Georgia is holding crucial primaries for its chief election official on Tuesday. Polls officially closed at 7 p.m. ET.

The race and the stakes: 

Georgia’s secretary of state race has attracted national attention this year — which is unusual for such a contest.

The race features a heated Republican primary contest led by incumbent Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger — who refused to help former President Donald Trump overturn now-President Joe Biden’s 2020 victory in the Peach State and has defended the integrity of that election — and Rep. Jody Hice, who has questioned the veracity of the results and secured the endorsement of the former president.

During an extraordinary January 2021 phone call, Trump pleaded with Raffensperger to “find” additional votes that would help him overcome Biden’s roughly 12,000-vote victory in the Southern swing state. During the conversation, Trump made baseless accusations about voter fraud in the election, but Raffensperger declined to go along with the then-president’s wishes.

Hice, who has compiled a conservative voting record while in Congress, has amplified the former president’s debunked allegations of election malfeasance and criticized Raffensperger’s handling of the 2020 election in making the case for why he should be the party’s nominee.

The GOP primary also includes David Belle Isle, the former mayor of Alpharetta, and TJ Hudson, the county manager of Treutlen County.

While many observers predicted that Raffensperger would have a difficult — if not unrealistic — chance at winning the Republican nomination this year after earning the enduring ire of Trump, the latest polling indicates a competitive race.

In an Atlanta-Journal Constitution poll of likely GOP voters published in late April, Raffensperger led Hice 28%-26%, within the margin of error, with 37% of respondents undecided. Belle Isle earned the support of 5% of respondents, while Hudson sat at 3% support.

On the Democratic side, the candidates include Georgia state Rep. Bee Nguyen, former Fulton County Commission chair John Eaves, former state Sen. Floyd Griffin, former state Rep. Dee Dawkins-Haigler, and former Cobb County Democratic Party chair Michael Owens. 

An 11Alive poll of likely Democratic voters released in late April showed Nguyen ahead with 12% support, while Owens was close behind at 9%, Eaves and Dawkins-Haigler both received 7%, and Griffin followed at 6% support.

A whopping 60% of respondents in the survey were undecided.

Democrats have largely been united against SB 202, also known as the Election Integrity Act of 2021, which tightened election rules in the state by limiting drop boxes and strengthening voter identification requirements, among other measures.

The legislation was signed into law last year by Republican Gov. Brian Kemp despite objections from Democrats, who contend that the law was rooted in Trump’s unsubstantiated election claims and would restrict the voting power of the state’s Black voters.

Follow Insider’s live coverage of all of Tuesday night’s primaries here. 

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