Over nearly two years, the political future of Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger had looked somewhere between uncertain and untenable.
In 2020, sitting President Donald Trump called him an “enemy of the people” after Trump lost Georgia and the election. Then Raffensperger, who refused Trump’s request to find votes, faced a primary challenge this year from a Republican congressman who voted not to certify election results on Jan. 6, 2021.
“I think what Americans are looking for, Georgians are looking for, they’re looking for people of character,” Raffensperger told NPR the day after voting ended. “I think people want to see the country move forward.”
What they don’t want, according to a new NPR analysis of voting data, is state election officials who deny the 2020 results.
Election deniers running in competitive states for secretary of state — which in most places oversees the voting process — generally underperformed fellow Republicans on the ballot for three other statewide positions: U.S. Senate, governor, attorney general.