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Lieutenant Governor Geoff Duncan Speaks About Last Night’s Shooting, The Georgia GOP, And Voting Legislation

Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan will not be running for U.S. Senate in 2022, and instead wants to focus on building the the Republican Party in Georgia.
Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan will not be running for U.S. Senate in 2022, and instead wants to focus on building the the Republican Party in Georgia.
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Lieutenant Governor Geoff Duncan joined WABE’s “Morning Edition” to talk about his recent decision not to run for the U.S. Senate, but shortly before the interview eight people were killed in seemingly related incidents in Atlanta and a nearby county.

In response to Tuesday’s shooting spree Duncan said that while the investigation is still ongoing, the crime was “horrifying” and “staggering.”

“The sheer loss of life is staggering,” Duncan said. “My heart is heavy and I know that there are so many families affected, and so many communities that are affected.”

The police have a suspect in custody, 21-year-old Robert Aaron Long. Long told law enforcement officials the crime was not racially motivated, despite six of the victims appearing to be women of Asian descent.

Duncan rules out U.S. Senate bid

Duncan is ruling out a run for the U.S. Senate in 2022 and told “Morning Edition” that he instead wants to rebuild the Republican Party here at home. He dismissed rumors he might run against Senator Raphael Warnock in an interview last week.

The lieutenant governor said Republicans need leadership, not election reform, to have a chance at winning back either of Georgia’s two Senate seats.

Duncan said that the national and state GOP became distracted by misinformation around election fraud, instead of focusing on conservative priorities.

Unlike many of his Republican colleagues, some of whom still reference unfounded claims of fraud, Duncan has repeatedly said that the state’s most recent election was secure and fair.

Duncan chose not to participate in the floor debate for the Republican-backed omnibus voting bill in the Senate because he opposes some of its more restrictive provisions.