Republican wins Georgia elections chief runoff

Published: Dec. 4, 2018 at 10:50 PM EST
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By: Associated Press

December 4, 2018

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) -- Republican Brad Raffensperger has been elected Georgia's new elections chief amid a debate over access to the polls and election security.

Raffensperger defeated former Democratic congressman John Barrow in a Tuesday runoff for the secretary of state job.

The office was previously held by GOP Gov.-elect Brian Kemp. Kemp staunchly denies Democrats' accusations that he suppressed voter turnout to improve his own odds of victory last month.

President Donald Trump tweeted an endorsement last week of Raffensperger, who is a state lawmaker.

Kemp's Democratic rival for governor, Stacey Abrams, urged voters to support Barrow in the same speech where she announced she would sue to change how Georgia runs elections.

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