Loeffler, Perdue call on Georgia's Republican secretary of state to resign


Republican Sens. Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue of Georgia called on the state’s GOP secretary of state to resign on Monday, citing “failures” in the election process but not providing any specific evidence to support their claims.

“There have been too many failures in Georgia elections this year and the most recent election has shined a national light on the problems,” Loeffler and Perdue said in a joint statement. “The Secretary of State has failed to deliver honest and transparent elections. He has failed the people of Georgia, and he should step down immediately."

The Georgia Republicans will both face run-off elections on January 5. Loeffler, who beat back an intra-party challenge from Rep. Doug Collins, will go up against Rev. Raphael Warnock, while Perdue will go up against Jon Ossoff.

The office of Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger has been conducting frequent press conferences providing updates on the election’s status. Raffensperger was elected Secretary of State in 2018.

Former vice president Joe Biden appears on track to win Georgia, the first time a Democrat has flipped the state blue since 1992. Biden was declared the overall winner on Saturday after securing enough Electoral College votes to beat President Donald Trump.

The twin run-off races will determine which party controls the Senate under a Biden presidency. Democrats need to win both seats to win a 50-50 Senate majority, with vice president-elect Kamala Harris as the tie-breaker.

James Arkin and Zach Montellaro contributed to this report.

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