Georgia Senators David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler on Monday called for the resignation of the state’s top electoral officer, Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, accusing his office of failing to oversee an honest and transparent election with no evidence or citing certain concerns.
Their extraordinary joint statement on Monday came as the Republican divide in Georgia widened as Joseph R. Biden Jr.’s lead over President Trump grew steadily and urged President supporters to crack down on Republican Raffensperger.
“We believe if there are mistakes they must be called – even if it is in your own party,” said the senators in their statement, which did not contain any specific allegations or explain how they believed Mr Raffensperger had missed out .
“Honest elections are of the utmost importance to the foundation of our democracy,” they said. “The foreign minister failed to hold honest and transparent elections. He’s abandoned the people of Georgia and he should resign immediately. “
Mr. Raffensperger replied quickly in a separate statement. “Let me first say that is not going to happen,” he said.
“I know the emotions are high,” he added. “Politics is currently involved in everything. If I were Senator Perdue I would be irritated if I were in a runoff election. And both senators and I are all dissatisfied with the possible outcome for our president. “
Mr Raffensperger said the process of reporting the results was proper and followed the law.
The results in Georgia have attracted widespread attention and alarmed Republicans as Mr Biden surpassed Mr Trump by more than 10,000 votes in a state Mr Trump won in 2016. Both senators were forced to enter stabbing competitions against Democrats, competitions that could determine control of the Senate.
Mr Trump continued to falsely insist that his election was stolen. The move by the senators, both closely associated with the president, also underscores the fighting among Republicans, even as the party prepares for a bitter showdown during the January runoff elections.
Some conservatives fear that challenging the electoral process will squeeze votes among Republican voters that may not turn out if they don’t trust the legitimacy of the electoral process.
“Trump will cost the GOP the Senate,” said Erick Erickson, a Georgia-based Conservative commentator. wrote on Twitter. “His supporters understand that the elections in Georgia were stolen. So why try?”
In a briefing ahead of the statement’s release on Monday, Gabriel Sterling, the manager for the implementation of the voting system for Mr Raffensperger’s office, attempted to debunk the various allegations that were floating around and said the election was despite long queues during the early coordination went smoothly. He noted that the average waiting time to vote on election day was two minutes – “this has never been done before in this state.”
“The facts are the facts regardless of the results,” he said, adding, “In this state, this election day election was an amazing success this time.”