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Special session over Georgia election would 'nullify the will of the people,' secretary of State says


Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger said Sunday a special session to overturn the state’s election results “would be then nullifying the will of the people.”

“That’s something that’s beyond my office’s calling,” Raffensperger said on ABC’s “This Week with George Stephanopoulos.” “That’s with the governor and the General Assembly, and I’m sure they’ll have conversations.”

Despite a series of recounts in Georgia confirming President Donald Trump’s loss, the president has doubled down on the call for a special legislative session in the state to once again challenge the election results. Trump tweeted at Georgia Gov. Brain Kemp on Saturday, urging him to call for a special session, although Kemp has reportedly declined this request.

Trump has criticized the Georgia Republicans frequently in the past month — calling Raffensperger the “enemy of the people,” and calling out Kemp on Twitter.

At a Georgia rally Saturday, Trump said Kemp and Raffensperger are “afraid of Stacey Abrams,” the former Georgia gubernatorial candidate.

On top of pressure from the president, Republican Sens. David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler have called for Raffensperger’s resignation, citing “failures” in the election process, without providing evidence for such claims.

Raffensperger said their call for his removal will not change the way he votes in the state’s upcoming runoff, where both Perdue and Loeffler are up for reelection.

“I’m a Republican. I vote for Republicans. So I wish them well,” Raffensperger said. “The job of the Republican Party is to raise money and turn out the vote. My job as secretary of State is to make sure we have honest and fair elections. It’s as simple as that, and I think in my office integrity matters.”

He added that the distraction and disunity the election fraud allegations are causing may make it more difficult for the Republicans candidates to prevail in the runoffs.

Raffensperger also said the office has not “found systemic fraud, not enough to overturn the election.”

“We have over 250 cases right now … [but] we don’t see anything that would overturn the will of the people here in Georgia.” Joe Biden won Georgia by about 12,000 votes; nationally, he won the popular vote by approximately 7 million votes and the Electoral College by a margin of 306-232.

He said the president’s loss is “sad, but true. I wish he would have won. I’m a conservative Republican, and I’m disappointed, but those are the results.”

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