December 7, 2020 7:14 AM | With information from DPA
15 minutes. Georgia’s Secretary of State, Republican Brad Raffensperger, again ruled out this Sunday that the electoral fraud occurred that the outgoing president of the United States, Donald Trump, denounces since the same night of the presidential elections of November 3.
“We never found a fraud in the system, not enough to annul the elections”Raffensberger said. The Republican, along with his co-supporter, Georgia Governor Brian Kemp, became the target of Trump’s criticism.
“We have more than 250 cases at this time … but we do not see that it is enough to override the will of the people of Georgia”, explained Raffensberger during an interview for the chain ABC.
On November 20, the authorities of Georgia, a traditional Republican stronghold for almost 30 years, certified the victory of the president-elect, Joe Biden. With a narrow margin of 12,284 votes, the Democrat obtained the 16 electoral votes that Trump clung to to keep alive his aspirations to remain in the White House.
Raffensberger, whom Trump calls an “enemy of the people” after not adding to his theories about electoral fraud in Georgia, said the defeat of the still head of the White House is “sad, but true” and that “I wish he had won” .
“I am a conservative Republican and I am disappointed, but those are the results.”said Raffensberger, who has already been required to resign from a sector of his party, due to the alleged irregularities that would have been allowed in the electoral process.
“My job as Secretary of State is to make sure we have honest and fair elections. It is as simple as that, and I believe that in my office integrity is important,” he defended.
Trump’s visit to Georgia
Over the weekend, Trump visited Georgia one month before the elections that will decide who will hold the last two Senate seats. From there he asked Republicans to go to the polls en masse to “avenge” the “electoral fraud” of which he, he insisted, was a victim.
If the Democrats win the last two seats in the Senate, they would control both houses. If so, Biden would not necessarily have to negotiate with Republicans to pass future laws.
The latest polls show Democratic candidates Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossof slightly ahead of their Republican opponents, current Senators Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue.