“They hate when a family discussion takes place outside of family boundaries,” said former Representative Jack Kingston, a Georgia Republican who served from 1993-2015. But Mr Kingston and others believe the party and the rifts will heal would soon become irrelevant if Republicans agree on fear of a Democrat-run Senate.
“I don’t think people will stay home or vote for Jon Ossoff,” said Kingston, referring to the Democratic challenger to Mr Perdue. “I just don’t see it. I think the republican base is pretty upset.”
Georgia is currently conducting an audit that counts all five million votes cast in 159 districts of Georgia. Election officials said only minor inconsistencies were noted with the exception of Floyd County in the northwest, where approximately 2,600 untold votes were discovered. The secretary of state announced Tuesday that he had found another discrepancy in Fayette County where the recount revealed 449 additional votes for Mr Trump, bringing Mr Biden’s lead to 12,929 votes.
The Trump campaign issued a statement Tuesday highlighting these issues, saying, “The recent revelations from Georgia’s ongoing nationwide recount have shown that President Trump was absolutely right to raise concerns.” However, either of the two disagreements are not expected to change the outcome – a win for Mr Biden – when the recount is completed at midnight on Wednesday.
While Mr Trump remains the most popular Republican politician today, it is unclear how long that popularity will last, making it difficult to say now whether or not the governor, Mr Kemp – who has remained a Trump fan in previous fits of presidential criticism – is Raffensperger will have a tough time with the Republican base when they stand for re-election in 2022.
“I think the gap between those aligned with Trump and not with Trump is going to play out in some form, but I think Trump and his allies have the upper hand right now,” said Andra Gillespie, associate professor of Political Science at Emory University in Atlanta. “The question is, how long will your control of the Republican Party last?”
Stephanie Saul contributed to the coverage.