Walker-Warnock Race Under Investigation?

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Walker-Warnock Race Under Investigation?

Georgia’s secretary of state has asked that county election directors conduct a post-election audit following the Senate runoff on Tuesday. In the runoff, incumbent Raphael Warnock, a Democrat, will face off against Republican challenger Herschel Walker in the last Senate election of the November midterms.

Brad Raffensperger, who in November won his reelection campaign for Secretary of State, has previously noted that an audit was optional. However, State Elections Director Blake Evans had urged counties to hold one.

In a message sent to county officials, Evans had noted that an audit would help increase the confidence felt by the public about the results of the elections.

Raffensperger, in mid-November, had decided that his race would get a mandatory audit. Holding one audit is required in even-numbered years in a race that is selected by the secretary of state. The audit takes place before the certification of the events.

With the secretary of state’s race being broader, it was selected to increase voters’ confidence in the election results. This is especially important as in 2020, following the general election, Former President Donald Trump criticized Raffensperger for refusing to overturn the Georgia election results, which Trump had narrowly lost.

On a phone call in January 2021, Trump had told Raffensperger to “find” enough votes for the results to be overturned.

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