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In Georgia, a Republican feud with Trump at the center

“You hate it when a family talk goes beyond family boundaries,” said former Rep. Jack Kingston, a Republican from Georgia who served from 1993 to 2015. But Mr. Kingston and others think the party is going. heal, and divisions would soon become unnecessary as Republicans unite around fear of a Democratic-led Senate.

“I don’t think this is something where people are going to stay at home or vote for Jon Ossoff,” Mr. Kingston said, referring to Mr. Perdue’s Democratic challenger. “I just don’t see that happening. I think the Republican base is quite annoyed.

Georgia is currently conducting an audit that consists of counting the five million votes cast in 159 counties in Georgia. Election officials said only minor discrepancies were discovered, with the exception of Floyd County in the northwest, where about 2,600 uncounted votes were uncovered. The Secretary of State’s office said on Tuesday it had found another gap, in Fayette County, where the recount revealed an additional 449 votes for Mr. Trump, reducing Mr. Biden’s lead to 12,929 votes.

The Trump campaign on Tuesday issued a statement highlighting these issues to say that “the recent revelations of the recount underway across the state of Georgia have shown that President Trump is absolutely right to raise concerns. Neither divergence, however, is expected to change the outcome – a win for Mr Biden – when the recount is completed at midnight on Wednesday.

Although Mr. Trump remains the most popular Republican politician today, it’s unclear how long that popularity will last, making it difficult to say now whether Governor Kemp – who has remained a Trump supporter in through previous presidential criticism battles – or Mr Raffensperger will struggle with the Republican base when he is re-elected in 2022.

“I think the rift between those aligned with Trump and non-aligned with Trump will end up playing out one way or another, but I think right now Trump and his allies have the upper hand,” said Andra Gillespie, associate professor of political science at Emory University in Atlanta. “The question is: how long will their control of the Republican Party last?”

Stephanie Saul contributed reporting.