Nobody saw this coming…
Democrats in Georgia have propelled Republican Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger to victory over Trump-endorsed Rep. Jody Hice.
According to reporting by The Associated Press, 37,000 of those who voted in the Democratic primaries in 2020 voted in this year’s Republican primaries.
Raffensperger beat Hice by more than 27,000 votes avoiding a runoff election.
Debbie Dooley, president of the Atlanta Tea Party, has unsuccessfully attempted to prevent Democrats from voting in Republican primaries.
Speaking to the AP, Dooley noted, “I did not realize just how heavily the Democrats were going to cross over.”
Raffensperger’s campaign official also commented on the Republican Secretary of State’s victory, stating it had to with dormant Republicans voting again.
“It is clear that Brad Raffensperger carried a majority of the Republican vote here in the state of Georgia and that there are people who stopped voting in Republican primaries after 2016 who are now re-engaged.”
Raffensperger also discussed the number of Democrats voting to secure his victory: “I never tried to court Democrats. I just go out there and state the facts. Many of the people that may have voted Democrat in the past are really lost Republicans. In other words, they left us because the message that they were hearing wasn’t attractive to them anymore. We have to make sure that we will always have a coalition like Reagan did. I believe I’m showing people the model of how you grow your party back.”