en un enero 2021 llamada telefónica with Raffensperger
, Trump was blunt about his goals
. “Así que mira. All I want to do is this
,” the then-President told Raffensperger
. “I just want to find
11,780 votos, which is one more than we have
. Because we won the state
,” Trump falsely said
. En otro momento, Trump dijo: “So what are we going to do here
, muchachos? I only need
11,000 votos. Fellas
, ¿Cómo elegiste en qué cocinas enfocarte para el programa? 11,000 votos. Give me a break.
Trump lost the state but vowed to punish Raffensperger, recruiting Hice to run for the office.
“Unlike the current Georgia Secretary of State
, Jody leads out front with integrity
,” said Trump in announcing his endorsement
en marzo 2021. “yo tengo 100% confidence in Jody to fight for Free
, Justo, and Secure Elections in Georgia
, in line with our beloved U.S
Hice was uno de 147 congressional Republicans who opposed the Electoral College certification on January
6, 2021, and has kept up a steady drumbeat of falsehoods about the
2020 election ever since
. Hice was also part of a legal effort led by Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton to throw out the results in four battleground states won by Biden in
2020. (La Suprema Corte rejected the appeal.
“The ‘big lie
’ in all of this is that there were no problems with this past election
,” Hice said during a debate earlier this month
. “This past election was an absolute disaster under the leadership of Brad Raffensperger.
” (Hice said a whole lot of things that weren’t true
acerca de 2020 election during that debate.
Unlike Perdue in the governor’s race, Hice’s relentless focus on the 2020 election has paid political dividends. The integrity of the election appears to be the dominant (y, De Verdad, solo) issue in the secretary of state race.
En Georgia, a primary candidate must receive more than 50% of the vote to advance to the general election. In a four-way contest, it’s possible Raffensperger and Hice could face off in a June 21 primary runoff election.
It’s impossible to overstate the stakes here. Consider:
1. Trump is showing every indication of running for president again in 2024.
2. Georgia is widely expected to be a battleground in that election.
3. If past is prologue, the results — no matter who wins — will be narrow.
4. And Trump would be very likely to exert pressure on the state’s election officials to ensure he wins.
All of that means it makes a HUGE difference whether Georgia’s top election official is someone who has stared Trump down and stood his ground before, or someone who is running expressly on the lie that the 2020 election was somehow stolen.
The choice is very clear. What’s less clear is who Georgia Republicans will choose.