Politics Georgia Lt. Gov. says GOP risks 'alienating voters' with voter fraud claims

18:50  01 december  2020
18:50  01 december  2020 Source:   thehill.com

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Georgia Lt . Gov . Geoff Duncan, a Republican, said Monday his office has not seen any evidence of widespread voter fraud or irregularities in his state as President Donald Trump continues to claim a second term in office was stolen from him.

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Georgia's Republican lieutenant governor warned on Monday that President Trump and the GOP risk "alienating voters" ahead of the state's January Senate runoff elections and beyond with false claims of voter fraud and election malfeasance.

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"I do think the president and Republicans in general need to refine their approach to how we handle this post-election process," Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan said on CNN.

"I think there's two parts that really are concerning to me. One is the short term in the Senate election in making sure we don't alienate any voters that we need to show up for Sen. [Kelly] Loeffler (R) and Sen. [David] Perdue (R). And I think secondly, we run the risk of alienating voters longer term."

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Duncan's remarks came amid growing concern among some Republicans that Trump and his allies' claims of widespread voter fraud in the 2020 presidential election, as well as the president's continued attacks on top GOP officials in Georgia, could serve to discourage and depress Republican turnout in the state's Jan. 5 Senate runoffs.

The runoffs will determine the balance of power in the upper chamber in the next Congress. Republicans are currently set to enter 2021 with a 50-to-48-seat majority in the Senate. With President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris poised to take the White House in January, Democrats will have to pick off both Loeffler and Perdue to win a controlling vote in the chamber.

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Georgia emerged as the center of the political world last month after Biden became the first Democratic presidential candidate in nearly three decades to win the state. But Trump has repeatedly refused to concede the election and has made baseless claims of voter fraud to argue that the election results should be overturned.

A recount of the vote in Georgia requested by Trump's campaign is expected to be completed on Wednesday. It's highly unlikely, however, that the recount will dramatically alter previous vote tallies.

The president has taken particular aim at Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp and Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, both Republicans, accusing them of mishandling the 2020 election. On Sunday, he said he was "ashamed" to have endorsed Kemp in the state's 2018 gubernatorial race.

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© Elijah Nouvelage/Getty Georgia Governor Brian Kemp appears at a press conference on August 10 in Atlanta. The president has reiterated unproven, and largely discredited, claims that fraudulent activity impacted election results in Georgia , as well as other states where Biden secured a majority

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Duncan defended Kemp and Raffensperger, calling the former "steadfast and strong" in the face of multiple challenges and the latter "a rockstar conservative" who "comes to work everyday and does the right thing."

Duncan has previously rebuffed claims of widespread voter fraud. But his remarks to CNN's Erin Burnett on Monday served as a more direct criticism of Trump, who has called on Kemp to overturn the certification of Georgia's election results, despite the governor not having the authority to do so.

"It troubles me that some folks are willing, just for the sole intent of flipping an election, of spreading misinformation," Duncan said. "I think we're better than this. My hope is that we move past this here in Georgia and as a country. Certainly there are some better days ahead of us than what we're in right now."

Trump election lawsuits targeted counties with large Black, Latino populations .
Though Trump has lost his legal battles, his targeting of counties with large Black and Latino voting numbers is damaging to democracy, experts say.By Monday, all key swing states have certified Democrat Joe Biden's victory, even as the president and his allies continued to challenge the results.

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