Like Mr. Kemp, Mr. Raffensperger is in a precarious situation; even though he refuses to take action to override the will of Georgian voters, he also seeks to convince Republicans that he will be aggressive in unearthing allegations of liberal fraud.
“There are those who exploit the emotions of many Trump supporters with fantastic claims,” he said at a press conference Monday morning. “Half-truths, misinformation, and frankly they mislead the president as well, apparently.
He also announced that his office was beginning investigations into four voting groups, including the New Georgia Project, founded by Stacey Abrams, Mr Kemp’s 2018 rival in the governor’s race and the de facto leader of Georgia. Democrats. Mr Raffensperger said the groups “are working to register people in other states to vote here in Georgia.”
Newt Gingrich, the former Georgia House Speaker and Trump supporter, said discontent with Mr. Kemp and Mr. Raffensperger was so widespread among Republican activists that he anticipated the main challenges against the two men in two years.
“I have had very close friends who write to me and say, ‘I have a Republican governor and a secretary of state, and they’re both useless, so why am I staying involved? “But I think they’ll take some pretty active steps to get people to participate based on the long-term historical significance of these two seats.”
Some Republicans are working to persuade Trump supporters to re-engage with this system the president denigrates. Substitutes, including Vice President Mike Pence, have campaigned in Georgia before. Other Trump allies are forming a super PAC that will run ads featuring Donald Trump Jr., a popular figure in right-wing circles, urging their supporters to vote in the run-off election.
So far, the President himself has spent little time focusing on Senate races and has instead been much more focused on his desire to recount his own loss. But advisers told him that a Republican Senate was important, and since Mr. Pence was also visiting Georgia on Saturday, Mr. Trump also agreed to go.