Georgia’s Republican Secretary of State rejected Republican Senators’ call for his resignation

Georgia's Republican Secretary of State rejected Republican Senators' call for his resignation

Ravensburger, who is also a Republican, said in a statement: “Earlier today, Senator Loeffler and Burdieu called for my resignation.” “Let me start by saying this will not happen. The voters in Georgia hired me, and the voters will kick me out.”

“As Secretary of State, I will continue to fight every day to ensure fair elections in Georgia, that every legal vote counts, and illegal votes do not matter,” Ravensberger said.

“I know the emotions are running high. Politics is involved in everything at the moment. If I were Senator Purdue, I would be angry because I was on the run-off. And both senators and I are unhappy with the possible outcome of our president.”

Earlier on Monday afternoon, Loeffler and Burdieu called for the resignation of Ravensberger in a joint statement expressing regret over the state’s election process without providing any specific evidence to support their claims.

“The Georgians are angry, and they are right. We have been clear from the start: every legal vote should count. No illegal vote should be counted. There must be transparency and uniformity in the counting process,” the couple said, echoing the president. Donald Trump’s False Claims That Illegal Ballot Shaped Elections.

They asserted that Ravensberger had “let the people of Georgia down, and he should step down immediately.”

Likewise, Georgia’s Republican Governor Brian Kemp’s press secretary, Cody Hall, said in a statement that Ravensberger should “consider any and all allegations of voting irregularity” but did not go as far as calling for his resignation.

“The Georgians deserve to have all their legal votes counted in order to have full confidence in the outcome of our elections,” Hall said.

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On Capitol Hill on Monday evening, Loeffler refused to answer reporters’ questions about the Ravensburger statement.

CNN predicted last week that a special election race between Loeffler and Democrat Rafael Warnock would advance to the run-off in January. Although CNN did not expect the Senate race between Purdue and Democrat John Usoff to advance to the run-off, the two candidates are already campaigning to face each other on January 5.
Purdue leads Ossoff by more than 88,000 votes, but never gets the more than 50% of the votes needed to prevent the run-off.

“My job is to follow Georgia law and make sure that all legal votes, not illegal votes, are counted correctly and accurately,” Ravensburger said at the end of his statement.

“As Secretary of State, this is my duty, and I will continue to do my duty. As a Republican, I am concerned about Republicans retaining the US Senate. I recommend that Senator Loeffler and Purdue start focusing on that.”

This story has been updated with additional developments on Monday.

CNN’s Manu Raju contributed to this report.

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