Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger replied in a statement on Monday that he would not resign and defended his office’s handling of the elections. He said the election was a “resounding success” from an administrative point of view. He highlighted his office’s briefings and updates to argue that they ran the process with transparency.
“I know that the emotions are high. Politics is currently involved in everything,” said Raffensperger. “If I were Senator Perdue I would be irritated that I was in a runoff election. And both senators and I are all dissatisfied with the possible outcome for our President. But I am the duly elected Secretary of State. One of my jobs is to help . ” I took this oath and I will do this duty and obey Georgian law. “
Raffensperger said the process of reporting the results in the state is orderly and follows the law. And he added that while he was “sure” that illegal votes were cast, it was “unlikely” that the total would have risen to “the numbers or the margin needed to change the election result”.
He has also approached Perdue and Loeffler for their criticisms: “As a Republican, I worry that the Republicans will keep the US Senate. I recommend Senators Loeffler and Perdue to focus on that.”
President-elect Joe Biden seems on track to win Georgia for the first time since 1992 that a Democrat has turned the state blue. Biden was declared the overall winner on Saturday after receiving enough votes for the electoral college to beat President Donald Trump.
The two runoff elections determine which party controls the Senate under the Biden presidency. Democrats must win both seats to get a 50:50 Senate majority, with Vice-President-elect Kamala Harris playing the key role.
Zach Montellaro contributed to this report.