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Georgia Republican Jody Hice Challenging Secretary Of State Brad Raffensperger

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Georgia Republican Rep. Jody Hice announced an intraparty challenge Monday against Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger.

Hice, who represents Georgia’s 10th congressional district, accused Raffensperger of undermining election confidence, and pledged to restore it if elected in 2022. The challenge follows President Joe Biden’s narrow victory in the state and Raffensperger’s repeated assertions that the election was free of voter fraud, despite former President Donald Trump’s unsubstantiated claims of election tampering.

“Free and fair elections are the foundation of our country,” Hice said in his announcement. “What Brad Raffensperger did was create cracks in the integrity of our elections, which I wholeheartedly believe individuals took advantage of in 2020.”

“If elected, I will instill confidence in our election process by upholding the Georgia Constitution, enforcing meaningful reform and aggressively pursuing those who commit voter fraud,” he added.

Rep. Jody Hice, R-GA, speaks during a House Committee on Oversight and Reform hearing on February 24, 2021 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. (Graeme Jennings-Pool/Getty Images)

Hice, a member of the House Freedom Caucus and ally of Trump, partook in multiple efforts to overturn the presidential election. Hice and over 100 Republican lawmakers joined a Supreme Court lawsuit seeking to overturn Biden’s victories in multiple states, and voted to object to the electoral college results following the Capitol riot on Jan 6.

The Supreme Court rejected the lawsuit brought before them, and the objections to states’ results in January failed.

Raffensperger came under harsh Republican criticism following his reassurance that the state’s results were accurate and that Trump’s assertions of widespread fraud were factually wrong. He also suggested that the former president could face criminal charges after a phone call between the two surfaced where Trump pressured Raffensperger to “find” votes to overturn Biden’s victory. (RELATED: Georgia Election Official Gabriel Sterling Explodes On Trump For ‘Inspiring’ Violence With Election Claims)

Trump in January vowed to take political revenge against Raffensperger and Georgia Republican Gov. Brian Kemp, who also acknowledged that Biden’s victory was free of any widespread fraud.

“I’ll be here in about a year and a half campaigning against your governor,” Trump said ahead of the Georgia Senate runoffs on Jan. 5. “I guarantee it.”

US President Donald Trump arrives to speak during a rally in support of Republican incumbent senators Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue ahead of Senate runoff at Dalton Regional Airport, Georgia on January 4, 2021. - President Donald Trump, still seeking ways to reverse his election defeat, and President-elect Joe Biden converge on Georgia on Monday for dueling rallies on the eve of runoff votes that will decide control of the US Senate. Trump, a day after the release of a bombshell recording in which he pressures Georgia officials to overturn his November 3 election loss in the southern state, is to hold a rally in the northwest city of Dalton in support of Republican incumbent senators Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue. (Photo by MANDEL NGAN / AFP) (Photo by MANDEL NGAN/AFP via Getty Images)

President Donald Trump campaigns with Republican Senators Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue on January 4, 2021. They lost to Democratic Senators Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff. (MANDEL NGAN/AFP via Getty Images)

Trump endorsed Hice shortly after his announcement, calling him “a staunch ally of the America First agenda.”

“Unlike the current Georgia Secretary of State, Jody leads out front with integrity,” Trump said. “I have 100% confidence in Jody to fight for Free, Fair, and Secure Elections in Georgia, in line with our beloved U.S. Constitution.”

“Jody loves the people of Georgia, and has my Complete and Total Endorsement,” he concluded.

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